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Trust & Estate Litigation Posts

The Delaware Supreme Court’s Attempt to Improve Work/Life Balance: A Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Thoughts

Posted July 19, 2018

By Isaac J. Jean-Pierre, Esquire According to a July 18, 2018 press release from the Delaware Supreme Court, all Delaware State Courts will embrace new standards aimed at improving the work/life balance for legal professionals working in the state.  The most significant change, slated to take effect on September 14, 2018, requires Delaware State Courts […]

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John F. McKenna Argues Before En Banc Panel of Superior Court, Philadelphia

Posted July 19, 2018

Tonight, at 7:00 pm, PCN TV Network will air our Trust and Estate Litigation Chair, John McKenna’s Oral Argument before an En Banc panel of the Superior Court, which was argued on July 10, 2018, at 9:30 am. The issue involves Fraud in the Inducement of a Marital Trust. John represented Wife who claimed that […]

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Why Do They Call It Orphans’ Court?

Posted July 11, 2018

By John F. McKenna– I am often asked what is Orphans’ Court and why do they call it that? The other question, is what does the Orphans’ Court do? First of all, some, if not most States, call this type of court “Probate Court” and sometimes “Surrogate Court”. These Courts decide the validity of Wills, […]

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Historical Overview of Delaware’s Court of Chancery

Posted June 6, 2017

By Tiffany M. Shrenk, Esquire The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware is most commonly recognized as the nation’s leading forum for the determination of commercial disputes, but in addition to being the choice forum for Delaware corporate law matters, the Court of Chancery has jurisdiction over trust and estate litigation disputes. In […]

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Will Contests in Pennsylvania

Posted May 22, 2017

By Robert A. Burke, Esquire A Will contest is one of the more traumatic areas of litigation. In addition to dealing with the loss of a loved one, clients find themselves absorbed in what can often be contentious litigation regarding the assets of an estate. This difficult situation is only exacerbated by the fact that […]

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CCBA Member Profile: Attorney Robert A. Burke

Posted May 22, 2017

May 2017 Robert A. Burke is an active trial attorney who has tried cases to verdict in six different jurisdictions. His practice is focused on complex commercial and estate and trust litigation. This includes trial and appellate work in federal, state and international courts. Bob regularly presents matters before alternative dispute resolution panels and frequently lectures on trial tactics, practice […]

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Attorney John F. McKenna to Speak on Orphans’ Court Mediation at CCBA ADR Section Meeting

Posted March 1, 2017

Attorney John F. McKenna who chairs the Firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group will present on the topic “Orphans’ Court Mediation” at the Chester County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section meeting on March 13. Mr. McKenna will discuss several topics such as the new Orphans’ Court Rules, the Orphans’ Court Mediation Program, as well as […]

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Standby Guardianship – Planning For Your Child’s Future

Posted July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016  “Who will care for my children if I am unable to?” That is perhaps the hardest question for a parent to answer. It can be particularly trying for parents who are facing a terminal illness or a progressive disability. Pennsylvania law provides a specific guardianship available to parents and legal guardians facing […]

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Guardianships Under Pennsylvania Law

Posted April 22, 2016

By Robert A. Burke, Esquire The appointment of a guardian for an incapacitated person is one of the more serious areas of the law. There is a good reason for this. In considering the appointment of a guardian, judges recognize that the court is being asked to remove an individual’s most basic rights – namely, […]

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Common Questions Regarding Will Contests – How to Cope With Legal Challenges to a Last Will

Posted March 15, 2016

By Robert A. Burke, Esquire A challenge to a decedent’s Last Will and Testament is, without question, the most difficult facet of dealing with a relative’s estate.  Whether you are the proponent of the Last Will or the individual who felt unfairly cheated, a Will Contest will be financially and emotionally costly. Great care should […]

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