• New Pennsylvania Rules Require Immediate Appeals in Matters Involving Trusts, Charities, and Other Proceedings Heard by Pennsylvania Orphans’ Courts
  • March 2, 2012 | Author: Carl A. Solano
  • Law Firm: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • On February 13, 2012, new amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure took effect and made substantial changes to the right to appeal from orders entered by Pennsylvania’s Orphans’ Courts. The Orphans’ Court Divisions of the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas have jurisdiction in a wide variety of domestic relations matters, including adoptions, custody of minors, and guardianships. They also have broad jurisdiction over matters involving nonprofit corporations, public charities, trusts, and decedents’ estates. Rules regarding appeals from decisions of Orphans’ Courts therefore are important to both individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth. In particular, anyone who receives a distribution as a beneficiary of a public charity (such as a hospital or educational institution named in a charitable trust established by a decedent’s will) is subject to the amended rules. Similarly, anyone who administers a trust or nonprofit corporation (a financial institution serving as an institutional fiduciary, for example) is bound by these changes.