Orphans’ Court Mediation
As of September 1, 2016, Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rule 1.6 establishes an Orphans’ Court Mediation Program: “All parties having an interest in a matter may participate by written agreement, or the court by local rule or order in a particular matter may provide for the parties to participate, in private mediation or in court-supervised mediation.” Some counties in Pennsylvania have already adopted new Local Rules governing their respective Orphans’ Court Mediation Program. Mediation can be an effective means of dispute resolution and typically is less costly than litigation. Even if a case isn’t settled, mediation frequently helps the parties narrow the issues that need to be tried in court.
Wetzel Gagliardi Fetter & Lavin LLC provides experienced representation to individuals and families who are seeking guardianships for incapacitated parents, siblings, or others in your care and for special needs children. Seamus M. Lavin, Esquire has years of experience with guardianships and other estate planning and family law issues. We can assist you in emergency situations or if you’re planning ahead. Parents or older siblings of special needs children will need to obtain a guardianship for these individuals when they become adults at 18. To continue to care for your child after age 18, you’ll need a guardianship to make legal, financial, and healthcare decisions.
Adults who are vulnerable or incapacitated due to illness or injury may be unable to make decisions for themselves. If they don’t have financial and healthcare powers of attorney in place, they’ll need a guardian to act on their behalf.
Many people have questions and concerns about guardianships. As our client, you’ll receive answers along with knowledgeable and compassionate representation with responsive service.