Orphans' court

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ORPHANS' COURT. The name of a court in some of the states, having jurisdiction of the estates and persons of orphans.

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125) A few years later, Alexander petitioned the Orphans' Court on behalf of Jacob Troutbrook, charging twenty dollars for her efforts.
As she might have anticipated, she became the city's representative in Orphans' Court, helping to oversee audits of the accounts of decedents' estates.
She recalled one Orphans' Court judge who, disregarding usual custom, refused to invite her into his chambers during conferences, forcing her to stand awkwardly in the doorway with her notes and papers spilling out of her hands as they conferred.
Even clothing and dress were matters of contention for a woman lawyer, as Alexander learned during her first appearance in the Orphans' Court, when the question of attire provided her with a humiliating entree into the profession.
Soon after her admission to practice, Judge Thompson of the Orphans' Court presented her with what she regarded as "a most exceptional opportunity.
Alexander "gratefully accepted" his offer of help, and for four months or more, she "had the privilege, once a week, of personal tutoring by a master in Orphans' Court law and practice.
At worst, the incident might reveal that the Orphans' Court judges had no confidence in her abilities and worried that she would be an embarrassment.
Reflecting further on her experiences in Orphans' Court, she then recalled a case in which Judge Thompson had overseen the appointment of guardians for boys who were badly injured in an accident.
Dorothy's husband, Tony, had died at sea during World War II, and his estate, including a $5,000 war risk insurance policy, was in probate in the Orphans' Court.
Book Proceedings of the Orphans' Court (1611), Devonshire Record Office, Exeter, Minute n.