Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Orphans' Court | Guardianship

The Guardianship Department handles all cases involving the appointment of guardians for minors and incapacitated individuals. Court investigators review guardianship petitions before presenting them to the judges for hearing dates; review petitions for allowance when there is a request to pay legal or guardianship fees or when invading the principal of the incapacitated person’s estate. All annual and final guardian reports are filed with and reviewed by the Guardianship Department.

Department personnel monitor the filing of inventories by guardians of the estates of minors and incapacitated persons. The Guardianship Department also reviews and investigates all petitions for allowance and written requests that are made by parents and/or guardians to use the minor’s funds for the care and maintenance of the minor.

Additional information on Guardianship can be found:
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A Important Notice to Alleged Incapacitated Person under Rule 14, Section 2(b)
B(1) Preliminary Order awarding a Citation for Permanent Guardianship under Rule 14, Sec. 2(a)
B(2) Preliminary Order awarding a Citation for Emergency and Permanent Guardian under Rule 14, Sections 2(a) and 6(a)
C Final Order appointing Limited Guardian under Rule 14, Sec. 5(b)
D Final Order appointing Plenary Guardian under Rule 14, Sec. 5(b)
E Order awarding citation for appointment of Emergency Guardian under Rule 14, Sec. 6(b)
F Order appointing Emergency Guardian Under Rule 14, Sec. 6(d)
G(1) Annual Report of Guardian of Estate under Rule 14, Sec. 8(b)
G(2) Annual Report of Guardian of Person under Rule 14, Sec. 8(d)
G(3) Final Report of the Guardian of Person under Rule 14, Sec. 8(e)
H Statement of Rights Appendix A: Written Notice to alleged incapacitated person under Local Rule 14, Sec. 2(b)
I State Police Gun Control Notification
J(1) Consent of Guardian of Person
J(2) Consent of Guardian of Estate
K Notification of Lack of Counsel under Rule 14, Section (3)
L Petition and Orders for Electroconvulsive Therapy for a Person under Civil Commitment