Asked in Probate for Tennessee

Q: Can fees be taken from an estate if the lawyer only represent the Administratrix and not beneficiaries?

My Dads passed and his new wife hired a lawyer to handle the estate in Tennessee, we believed he was acting for the estate and therefore working for all of us but in an email he said he only represented her as the Administratrix, can she still take his fees out of the estate or do they have to be from her pocket as he is not representing all parties of the estate?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: That is how virtually all lawyers handle Estates. And yes, he will be entitled to professional fees from the gross Estate. You and your relatives do not understand Probate. However you can object in writing to the Court if you feel the fees claimed are excessive.

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