Hanover, MD asked in Estate Planning for Maryland

Q: I hired a lawyer to handle my suster's estate 02/03/2020. Minimal assets : car,house to be foreclosed.

I was instructed to send register of wills $400.00for first accounting. Then the lawyer charged me $400.00. I am now paying out of pocket $3506.64This was 2 weeks ago. I told the lawyer that I no Longer need her services. 1 day later she tells me she has to petition the court.

Related Topics:
2 Lawyer Answers
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: Because you told the lawyer you no longer need her services, she probably now needs to petition the court to permit her to withdraw from the case.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Lawyers may not be paid in estates without either (1) written consent of all interested parties (PR and heirs) or (2) court approval of their fees, after they petition for approval. Your being billed and paying the lawyer directly does not comply with the rules. They may now be trying to petition to have the court retroactively approve their fees. You will have to read the petition to know why they are petitioning,

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.