The Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee on Decedents’
Estates Laws is a standing group of attorneys and judges from across the Commonwealth
who assist the General Assembly by recommending improvements to Pennsylvania law
relating to Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (20 Pa.C.S.), known as the
Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, and related statutes. Since 1945, the Advisory
Committee has provided expertise and advice in formulating legislation aimed at
modernizing Pennsylvania law to make it more efficient. After reaching consensus on its
legislative recommendations, the Advisory Committee presents its recommendations to
the Task Force on Decedents’ Estates Laws, which is a bicameral and bipartisan panel of
legislators. The Task Force then considers the recommendations and decides whether to
authorize the Joint State Government Commission to publish a report containing the
recommendations, which serve as a basis for legislation.
This report contains proposed legislation and official comments recommended by
the Advisory Committee. The recommendations include proposed amendments to 20
Pa.C.S. regarding the Uniform Trust Act (Chapter 77), the repeal of the rule against
perpetuities (§ 6107.1), the enforcement of the contribution or exoneration of Federal
estate tax (§ 3706), the Uniform Principal and Income Act (Chapter 81), death during a
divorce proceeding (§§ 2106, 2507, 6111.1 and 6111.2) and powers of attorney (§ 5603).
This report also contains conforming amendments to § 3162 (advertisement of grant of
letters), technical amendments to the Associations Code (Title 15 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes) and transitional language (applicability and effective date
provisions). The official comments may be used in determining the intent of the General
This report also contains a list of the Chairs and Members of the Advisory
Committee since its inception in 1945.
On October 17, 2007, the Task Force authorized both the publication of a report
containing the recommendations of the Advisory Committee and the introduction of the
legislation contained in this report. However, the inclusion of any recommendation in
this report does not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the Task Force.