The Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee published a proposal for new Orphans’ Court Rules in April 2013 with a comment period was open until June 13, 2013. After comments, some revisions were made. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted these proposed new rules by Order dated December 1, 2015 with an effective date of

On July 10, 2014 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered the adoption of new Rule 4003.5 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.

The rule has been modified and the following clause (4) is added:

(4) A party may not discover the communications between another party’s attorney and any expert who is to be identified

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses and waste of time."

                                                                                —       Abraham Lincoln   1850

Lincoln’s words are doubly true today. Our society is beset with litigation – and all too often, there are


Philadelphia coin dealer Israel Switt died in 1990. In 2003, 13 years after Switt died, his daughter and grandsons drilled open a safe deposit box in Switt’s name and found 10 rare gold coins.

The coins were 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle $20 gold coins and were valued at approximately $80 million. The coin is

To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.

                                                                    William Cobbett, Advice to Young Men, 1829

On May 21, 2012, the Supreme Court decided the case of Astrue v. Capato. This case may have consequences beyond the question the Court decided based on its deferral to state law.

Karen Capato, widow of

We often see situations where one spouse dies and the surviving spouse changes his or her will to benefit different persons than were contemplated by the first spouse. A prime example would be a couple where the man had four children by his first marriage and five with his second wife. Husband and wife make