What is the proper event or order that triggers your appeal period? See Pa.R.A.P. 301. This is not always easy to determine and may require some research. Common examples are:
In a civil case that went to trial, an order denying post-trial motions is interlocutory and not appealable. The appeal lies from the subsequent entry of judgment. Sovereign Bank v. Valentino, 914 A.2d 415 (Pa. Super. 2006).
In a divorce case, an equitable distribution order is not appealable until entry of the divorce decree. Wilson v. Wilson, 828 A.2d 376 (Pa. Super. 2003).
In a criminal case, the final appealable order generally is the judgment of sentence. When the defendant does not file a timely post-sentence motion, the notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of the imposition (pronouncement) of sentence. Pa.R.Crim.P. 720(A)(3); Commonwealth v. Green, 862 A.2d 613 (Pa. Super. 2004) (en banc), appeal denied, 882 A.2d 477 (Pa. 2005); see also Pa.R.A.P. 108(d)(2) and 903(c)(3). When the defendant files a timely post-sentence motion, the notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of entry of the order deciding the post-sentence motion or denying the motion by operation of law if the judge fails to decide the motion. Pa.R.Crim.P. 720(A)(2)(a) and (b).