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New Orphans' Court Form

The Westmoreland County Estates–Decree of Distribution has been revised. The new Decree can be found on the Register of Wills' Website.

http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=2738

Protect yourself against juror scams

Protect yourself against juror scamsHARRISBURG — Although juror scams are not new, Pennsylvania courts remind people to be alert and to never give out sensitive information over the phone, even if they are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service, which is a typical ploy in such scams.

A juror scam may go something like this: you get a call from someone claiming to be from the courts or a law enforcement organization and their records show you didn’t show up for jury duty. You can either pay the fine, or get arrested. The caller says payment is accepted over the phone or by wire service.

Supreme Court encourages people to apply for appointments to advisory panels

HARRISBURG — As part of its desire for wider participation in the groups which provide it advice and recommendations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is undertaking a new initiative making it easier for people to express interest in being appointed to court advisory panels.
 
“Justice David N. Wecht has led the present initiative with the intention of broadening participation in the Supreme Court’s board and committee structure,” said Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor.  “He will also be supervising the implementation, with the support of the full court.”
 
Legal training, experience and expertise are necessary for many assignments, but there are appointments for nonattorneys as well.
 

Attention Family Court Attorneys—CUSTODY AGREEMENT FORM CHANGE

The Custody Agreement Form and Instructions available at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us has been revised as follows: Section 5 (“The Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas shall retain jurisdiction over this matter) on page 15 of the current form has been removed by the court.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday:

Friday, September 30, 2016

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. and Judge Marsili will not be hearing civil or orphans' court motions on the following Fridays:

September 16, 2016
September 23, 2016

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

WBA Annual Summer Picnic Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the YL Summer Picnic scheduled for Friday, August 19 at President John Noble's house is postponed. We will look to schedule a fall event and will let members know of those details.

Orphans' Court notice

Starting September 1, 2016, the Supreme Court Rules have changed regarding the Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution for audits. All petitioners must use the state-approved forms and the Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution shall be filed with the clerk at the time of the filing of an Account.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

Judge Chris Scherer will not be hearing civil or orphans’ court motions on the following Friday:

Friday, July 29, 2016
 
Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

Notice on civil/orphans' court motions

President Judge McCormick, Jr. will not be hearing civil or orphans' court motions on the following Fridays:

August 12, 2016
September 16, 2016
September 23, 2016

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

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