Orphan's Court


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Orphan's Court

The designation of tribunals in a number of New England states that have probate or surrogate jurisdiction.

Such a court ordinarily has the power to handle such matters as the establishment of wills, the administration and distribution of decedents' estates, the supervision of the guardianship of Infants, and the control of their property.

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In the legislature, Johnson secured a charter for a largely bogus insurance company, which helped funnel money to the members of the club, while the Clerk of the City Orphan's Court (a member of the club) used his agency's funds to inflate the bank's deposits.
268) As Alexander knew from experience, the Orphan's Court judges, in deciding which claimant was truly married to Tony, could be subtly influenced by their own assumptions of morality and desert.
At 18, the Orphan's Court in Philadelphia will release to him the money he received from the settlements.
Furthermore she praised the adjudications of Judge Joseph O'Keefe of the Orphan's Court of Philadelphia.
District Judge Donald Ziegler and the Orphan's Court in Philadelphia, will conclude litigation filed in early 2000 by Tenet HealthSystem Philadelphia, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC), and joined by Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher together with two Philadelphia non-profit charitable organizations created after AHERF filed for bankruptcy protection and Tenet purchased its Philadelphia-area hospitals.