A petition for guardianship of a minor is filed in Orphans' Court. A hearing date is assigned. If the petition is granted a final decree is signed and a guardian is appointed by the Judge. In cases where the minor is awarded money, the minor must have a guardian appointed by the Court to ensure proper handling of the minor's estate.
Filing the Petition
- The original and two copies of the petition shall be filed in the Clerk of Courts Office along with the filing fee.
- The Clerk of Courts office will assign a docket number and forward document to the Orphans' Court Judge.
- An Order of Court will be filed in the Clerk of Courts office. A copy will be forwarded to the Petitioner for service.
- Hearing date and times will be scheduled by the Court.