The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas overturned a lower court decision that would have seen Kaufman County pay out $143,168.95 as ordered by a guardianship court in September 2002.
That court awarded the monetary figure to attorney Jo Ann E. Combs for her fees and expenses arising from a guardianship case. After the matter was complete, and the estate in question did not have the funds to pay the claim, Combs went to the commissioners court to pay the bill.
The matter ended up in the justice system. This was the second time through the Fifth Court of Appeals.
The Fifth Court issued the ruling dismissing the monetary award and reversing the decision against Kaufman County, during its proceedings today (July 31).
For more complete information on the Fifth Court of Appeals decision and reaction from county officials, read next week’s print edition of The Kaufman Herald and next week’s online edition.
BREAKING NEWS: 5th Court of Appeals overturns Combs case; finds for Kaufman County
July 31, 2012
The Kaufman Herald