Q: Can a probate lawyer hire another attorney without consulting heirs or obtaining heirs consent?
A: At least in DC, decisions about administration of the estate are made by the personal representative, subject to motions filed by any interested party. Only when the lawyer is also the PR would the lawyer make that decision. It is, however, not unusual for a lawyer who limits practice to probate to retain a litigator if there is probate litigation. If I’m doubt, get an independent consult.
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