Atty's Estate Entitled To Contingency Fee, Appeals Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 31, 2013, 10:07 PM ET) -- A California appeals court ruled Wednesday that a lawyer's estate is entitled to a contingency fee from a legal services contract even though the lawyer died before the contract was fulfilled, saying the contract wasn't voided by his death.

A three-judge panel for California's Third Appellate District upheld a trial court's ruling that the estate of Dale Sare was entitled to a $274,000 contingency fee from two women he represented in matters relating to the conservatorship and eventual probate of their half-brother's estate, despite the fact...
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