In order to fully implement a comprehensive procedure dealing with the settlement of cases involving Minors, Incapacitated Persons, Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in light of the experience gathered through the implementation of Joint General Court Regulation No. 93-2 issued by the Administrative Judges of the Trial and Orphans' Court Divisions, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED and DECREED that the said Joint General Court Regulation is rescinded and consistent with Pa. R.C.P. No. 2039, 2064 and 2206 and Phila. Civ. R. No. 2039.1 and 2206, the following procedure shall be utilized in approving Petitions for settlements involving minors, incapacitated persons, wrongful death and survival actions:
I.MINOR OR INCAPACITATED PERSON'S COMPROMISES
(b) Contents of Petition. The Petition shall be substantially in the form set forth hereunder, and shall:
(2) state the terms of the settlement, including the specific provisions of any annuity, if applicable, including the credit rating of the entity which assumes responsibility for future payments, the present cost of the annuity, periodic and lump sum payments, and otherwise comply with Pa. R.C.P. No. 2039 and 2064;
(3) state whether a lien or claim has been raised on behalf of any medical supplier, including the Department of Public Welfare;
(4) contain or be accompanied by the following:
(b) a statement under oath by the guardian and, if appropriate, the parent(s), certifying (i) the present physical or mental condition of the minor or incapacitated person, and (ii) approval of the proposed settlement and distribution thereof;
(c) a statement of the professional opinion of counsel as to the reasonableness of the proposed settlement and the basis for such opinion; and
(d) if there is to be an allocation between parents and children or incapacitated persons, or among children or other parties, the amounts allocated to each party and specific reasons for such allocation must be set forth. In the event more than one plaintiff is involved, whether minor, adult or incapacitated, Petitioner must set forth the amount each plaintiff is to receive and shall provide justification for the requested allocation;
(e) in the event that a minor is sixteen (16) years of age or older, his or her written approval of the proposed settlement and distribution thereof.
(f) a proposed Order.
(d) Proof of Deposit and Compliance with Court Order. Within sixty (60) days of the entry of a final order, counsel shall file an Affidavit with Civil Administration certifying compliance with the Court Order, and shall submit proof of deposit in the form of a photocopy of the restricted certificate of deposit or bankbook. The Affidavit shall be substantially in the form set forth hereunder.
II. PETITIONS FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENTS IN WRONGFUL DEATH/SURVIVAL ACTIONS.
(2) Wrongful Death. If the Complaint only raised a Wrongful Death claim, court approval of settlements shall be required only where a minor or incapacitated person has an interest.
(3) Combined Wrongful Death and Survival Actions. If the Complaint raised Wrongful Death and Survival claims Court approval is required as to allocation between the categories notwithstanding the absence of minors or incapacitated persons, even if plaintiff requests that the entire proceeds be allocated entirely to the Wrongful Death claim.
(c) Contents of Petition. The Petition shall be substantially in the form set forth hereunder, and shall:
(2) state the terms of the settlement, including the specific allocation as between Wrongful Death and Survival, name the Wrongful Death beneficiaries and the amount each is to receive, name the intestate heirs of Plaintiff-decedent as of the date the cause of action arose, state reasons why the settlement and allocation are reasonable, and otherwise comply with Pa. R.C.P. No. 2206. In the event a portion of the settlement is payable through the purchase of an annuity, set forth the credit rating of the entity which assumes responsibility for future payments, the present cost of the annuity, as well as the periodic and lump sum payments.
(3) show compliance with Pa. R.C.P. No. 2205 and Phila. Civ. R. No. 2205, and set forth the name, relationship and address of plaintiff-decedent's intestate heirs who must be served with a copy of the Petition (as required by 20 Pa. C.S. §2101, et seq.);
(4) identify any other parties who may have a possible interest in plaintiff-decedent's estate, and list unpaid claims raised, or which are outstanding, in the decedent's estate;
(5) state whether a lien or claim has been raised on behalf of any medical supplier, including the Department of Public Welfare; and
(6) attach a proposed Order.
III. PETITIONS FOR ALLOWANCE.
(b) Petitions for Allowance in those cases where a guardian has been appointed by the Orphans' Court Division of a county other than Philadelphia, or by a different state, shall be filed directly with such appointing Court. A copy of the Order approving the settlement shall be attached to the Petition.
(c) Petitions for Allowance in those cases where a guardian has not been appointed shall be filed with the Orphans' Court Division of the appropriate county or other state. A copy of the Order approving the settlement shall be attached to the Petition.
IV. INCONSISTENCY WITH PHILA. CIV. R. NO. 2039.1, 2039.2 AND 2206.
To the extent the terms of Phila. R. Civ. P. No. 2039.1, 2039.2 and 2206 differ from the terms provided in the within Joint General Court Regulation, the terms of the said rules are rescinded.
This Joint General Court Regulation is promulgated in accordance with the April 11, 1986, Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, No. 55 Judicial Administration, Docket No. 1, Phila. Civ. R. 51 and Pa. R.C.P. 239, and shall become effective thirty (30) days after publication in The Pennsylvania Bulletin. As required by Pa. R.C.P. 239, the original Joint General Court Regulation shall be filed with the Prothonotary in a docket maintained for General Court Regulations issued by the Administrative Judge of the Trial Division, and copies shall be submitted to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the Legislative Reference Bureau and the Civil Procedural Rules Committee. Copies of the Regulation shall also be submitted to Legal Communications, Ltd., The Legal Intelligencer, Jenkins Memorial Law Library and the Law Library for the First Judicial District.
|JOHN W. HERRON|
|PETRESE B. TUCKER|
ORPHANS' COURT DIVISION