Thursday, May 8, 2008

Excessive Fee Allegations

The Illinois ARDC recently filed charges that allege that an attorney had claimed excessive fees and breached his fiduciary duties by charging an estate valued at approximately $1.4 million over $212,000 in fees. He also is alleged to have violated the same rules in charging over $100,000 in fees to a related estate. The complaint sets out the bills in some detail. Highlights: "travel to house for leak in basement (crawl), fix and go through file cabinet" 5 hours, "obtain mail and statements, travel to Napierville post office for missing mail" 5 hours, "travel to court to determine any filings" 3.5 hours. (Mike Frisch)

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