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Kasperbauer v. Fairfield, B200076

In a probate matter, order calling for the return of $250,000 of trust distribution to provide fund from which to pay defendant's attorney fees and costs is affirmed over claims of error that: 1) pendente lite attorney fees were not authorized by the Probate Code and the plaintiff-beneficiaries could not be compelled to pay additional attorney fees and costs because the trust had been terminated and the assets of the trust distributed; and 2) an award of attorney fees was premature because the court had not determined the merits of the plaintiff-beneficiaries' objections to the accounting and their claim for surcharges against defendant.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/26/2009
  • Published 01/26/2009


  • PERREN, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Law Offices of Tamila C. Jensen, Tamila C. Jensen, Granada Hills;  Nancy Reinhardt, San Bernardino;  William F. Kruse, Pasadena, for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Goldenring & Prosser, Peter A. Goldenring, Ventura;  Law Offices of W. Stephen Onstot, W. Stephen Onstot, Santa Paula, for Defendant and Respondent.
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