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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 04:08 PM

7. Exactly. The most common reason for attorney discipline

is being unresponsive to clients. Itís possible he has a substance abuse problem or is experiencing depression, or is out of his depth. None of those excuse failing to respond timely to client inquiries, or to adequately represent a client.

You said youíve already paid him. In my state, attorney fees for an estateís attorney are fixed by statute as a percentage of the estate value. The probate judge in my county literally had a calculator, with a paper printout on her desk. When you brought in an application for approval of attorney fees (near the time the estate was due to close) she would start pounding the keys to come up with the statutorily allowed amount. Only then would she approve the fees.

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