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First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Court of Common Pleas
Judicial Chambers



The Philadelphia Orphans' Court is privileged to be the ultimate beneficiary of the Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section's 21st century revision of "Forms for Use Before the Register of Wills and the Orphans' Court Division in Philadelphia" – the Green Book.

The quality of practice in the Orphans' Court will be greatly enhanced by the updates to this well-respected form book, which provides novice and experienced Orphans' Court practitioners with suggested forms which follow the relevant statutes and rules of court in common situations. Lawyers who utilize well prepared samples insure pleadings with fewer mistakes, and the Court is thus enabled to adjudicate matters with greater ease and efficiency.

In addition, this latest edition incorporates the advances of technology by providing links to computerized forms which can be downloaded from the Court's website, contributing to the quality of the work-product and ultimate convenience to the practitioner.

The many volunteers of the Probate and Trust Law Section are to be commended for many hours of work which resulted in this superb addition to the Orphans' Court practitioner's library, and the generosity of Wachovia Wealth Management in underwriting its publication is gratefully acknowledged.

Joseph D. O'Keefe
Administrative Judge
Orphans' Court Division