An Important First Step In Clarifying 'Fees For Fees'

Law360, New York (April 8, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT) -- Lawyers in probate and fiduciary matters, and in bankruptcy and receivership matters, are frequently entitled to seek payment of their fees from a corpus of trust or estate funds. Unlike in employment litigation and civil rights cases, the entitlement to fees is not always tied to success. But sometimes, legitimate questions arise about the appropriateness or reasonableness of such fee demands, and litigation can ensue.

The U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to decide the question of whether or not lawyers making such fee applications are entitled to be paid for the time and effort they spend pursuing their fees. The...

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