IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA MIDDLE DISTRICT
April 7, 2010
IN RE: ESTATE OF PETER KUZIAK,
PETITION OF: DEANNA R. PEALER, SUBSTITUTE FIDUCIARY PRO TEM FOR THE ESTATE OF PETER KUZIAK
Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Memorandum Opinion and Order of the Superior Court at 1937, 1976, and 2042 MDA 2007 dated March 23, 2009, quashing the appeals and dismissing the cross-appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Columbia County at 99 OC 122, dated October 26, 2007.
AND NOW, this 7th day of April, 2010, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED, and the Order of the Superior Court quashing Petitioner's appeal for failure to file post-trial motions and dismissing the cross-appeal as moot, is VACATED. The Orphans' Court division is merely a division of the court of common pleas and it may exercise the full jurisdiction of the court of common pleas. See 42 Pa.C.S. § 952 ("In a court of common pleas having two or more divisions each division of the court is vested with the full jurisdiction of the whole court, but the business of the court may be allocated among the divisions of the court by or pursuant to general rules."). The Orphans' Court here properly exercised jurisdiction, and no one -- including Respondents -- ever objected to the petition being litigated there. Because the case was in Orphans' Court, Petitioner properly followed Orphans' Court rules, which do not require post-trial motions to preserve issues for appeal. Pa.O.C.R. 7.1. The case is REMANDED to the Superior Court for consideration of all issues otherwise properly preserved and presented to that court.
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