When an attorney assists in the administration of a trust in San Diego, quite a bit of work may be involved. He or she is entitled to charge a reasonable fee for these services, and these fees may be several hundred dollars per hour. Unfortunately, in some cases, attorneys may abuse this right and attempt to charge the trust exorbitant fees for their services. If you are involved in a trust administration and suspect this may be the case, contact an experienced California trust litigation attorney for guidance.
The following is a list of six helpful questions to ask yourself if you are concerned about attorney’s fees before or during a trust administration:
- Is the attorney charging an hourly rate for the California trust administration?
- What is the attorney’s hourly fee?
- How many hours of time does your attorney estimate will be involved in the administration of the trust?
- Are there any anticipated legal disputes or issues involving the administration of the trust or any of the trust property?
- Is the relationship between the beneficiaries hostile?
- Is the attorney attempting to bill for any services that have not been provided?
It should be noted that, while a trust administration attorney can also serve as trustee in some cases, he or she cannot receive double compensation for the same work. Our article California Trust Attorneys Must Be Wary of Double Dipping explains this principal in greater detail.
To learn more about pursuing a claim against an attorney or trustee during a trust administration, view our free guide The Ultimate Guide to California Trust and Probate Litigation. For assistance taking legal action, contact an experienced San Diego trust litigation attorney today. Call the Grossman Law Firm at (888) 443-6590.
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