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be far better were the Court to be renamed "Fiduciary
Court."2 After all, fiduciary relationships are broadly what
this court is all about; the application and enforcement
of principles of quity, loyalty, trust, and integrity. Those of
us who are fortunate enough to be associated with this
fiduciary court - judges, attorneys, professional as well as
lay guardians, medical experts, social workers, and others
- have the wonderful opportunity to work toward creation
of just results for those who need care and protection.
In the 21st century, unlike what was true in 17th century
England 18th century America, orphans are but a small
subsection of those who seek justice in this division of
our courts. The time to rename "Orphans' Court" is well
past due. As has often been stated, we should not reject
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attorneys. This brief commentary is limited to initiation of the name
change conversation; there is no intent to address the logistics of how
such a name change can be implemented.

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