Orphans' Court Rules; No. 65-96-214
[33 Pa.B. 6218]
And Now this 3rd day of December, 2003 it is Hereby Ordered that the following Westmoreland County Orphans' Court Rules are amended:
1. WO107 by adding subsection (g),
2. WO116 by adding subsection (g),
3. WO407 by adding subsections (a)(2)(G) and (a)(5), and
4. WO602 by adding subsection (k).
This Order will be effective thirty days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
By the Court
DANIEL J. ACKERMAN,
Rule WO107. Pleadings
All pleadings, accounts, reports and other documents filed with the register or clerk shall be subject to the schedule of filing fees established by the register or clerk from time to time, with the exception of guardians or court appointed attorneys in adoption proceedings, papers filed by the court or the Office of the Court Administrator, or papers filed by any office of Westmoreland County Government. In the event of true financial hardship, an individual that has been appointed as administrator, guardian, trustee, counsel, master, or auditor may file for in forma pauperis status by petition or other accepted local procedure, unless otherwise already addressed by order of court, for relief from such fees.
Rule WO116. Format of Pleadings and Documents
(g) Prior to granting letters testamentary or any form of letters of administration, the register shall require the petitioner to supply a certified original death certificate, evidencing the death of the person for whom such letters are being sought.
Rule WO407. Small Estates
(G) A letter from the Department of Public Welfare disclosing the amount, if any, of its claim for estate recovery.
(5) For estates of less than $5,000.00, the court shall adopt an abbreviated procedure for settlement of a small estate by petition. The clerk shall make available such forms as are required to comply with such procedure.
Rule WO602. Petition to Compromise and Settle Minor's Claim
(k) A separate petition shall be filed for each minor, and the clerk shall assign separate file numbers to each such petition.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-2387. Filed for public inspection December 19, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]
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