The Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section protects the public's interest in all property committed to charitable purposes. Among its variety of responsibilities, the Section:
Cases within the Office of Attorney General are generally assigned to one of three regional offices, depending upon the matter’s venue/county, i.e., the Headquarters and Central Regional Office (CRO) located in Harrisburg; the Western Regional Office (WRO) located in Pittsburgh; and the Eastern Regional Office (ERO) located in Philadelphia. The address and phone number of each regional office as well as their assigned counties are as follows:Central Regional Office - 14th Floor Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120 – 717.783.2853Counties include: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wyoming, YorkEastern Regional Office - 21 South 12th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 – 215.560.2402Counties include: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, WayneWestern Regional Office - 6th Floor, Manor Complex, 564 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 – 412.565.7680Counties include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland
Please note the following notice requirements to the office whenever
charitable assets are involved:
Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court (Pa. O.Ct.) Rules 2.5, 4.4 and 10.5:
of Civil Procedure, No 235 requires notice:
“[i]n any proceeding in a court subject to these rules in which . . . a
charitable bequest or trust is involved and the Commonwealth is not a party . .
. the plaintiff in a proceeding involving a charitable bequest or trust shall
promptly give notice thereof by registered mail to the Attorney General of
Pennsylvania together with a copy of the pleading or other portion of the
record raising the issue and shall file proof of the giving of the notice.”
The Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section attorneys are available to conduct public education programs and provide information on charitable solicitations and requirements. The Section has offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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