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Estate of Stevenson, B182444

Denial of attorney fees claimed pursuant to an agreement entitling counsel to attorney fees based on hourly rates and the total number of hours worked, after creditor objected to the agreement on the ground that it left nothing for creditors, is affirmed where the trial court did not abuse its discretion as the agreement was not a "contingency fee" agreement within the meaning of the Probate Code, the trial court erred in dispensing with notice of the hearing, and the fee award was just and reasonable under the circumstances.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/31/2006
  • Published 07/31/2006




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Goodson & Wachtel, Edward W. Wachtel, Los Angeles;  Orren & Orren, Tyna Thall Orren, Pasadena, and Lowell H. Orren for Petitioner and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Law Offices of Deborah F. Birndorf and Deborah F. Birndorf, Santa Monica, for Objector and Respondent.
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