Pro Bono Guardianship Monitors



The Dauphin County Orphans’ Court is seeking participants in the Honorable Todd A. Hoover Pro Bono Guardianship Monitoring Program.  This program was established by the late Judge Hoover in 2007 to appoint attorneys or paralegals to monitor guardianship cases to assist the Court in its continuing duty to monitor all guardianships it establishes.  Monitors act as the eyes and ears of the Court when they visit and speak with guardians, incapacitated persons, and any other persons who assist in the care of the incapacitated persons one or more times each year.  Participants receive Pro Bono credit through the Dauphin County Bar Association.

Dauphin County currently has over 400 active guardianship cases, and less than half of those have monitors appointed.  Guardianship numbers are trending upward with 56 new guardianship petitions filed in the first nine months of 2021 compared to 69 new petitions in all of 2020 and 75 new petitions in all of 2019.

Interested attorneys should contact Deborah Freeman, Dauphin County Court Administrator, by email to or by phone to 717-780-6632.