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Family fights probate court over fortune

Relatives trying to end financial dispute say they found a patronage system that cost them Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Probate court comes cloaked in mourning, its chambers filled with feuding families and highly charged dramas of human riches and human rights. It’s where the grieving, the embittered and sometimes the Keep Reading…

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Tips for cutting conflicts and costs in complex cases

Mediation, using professionals and better monitoring of fees all can help Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) When a relative dies or becomes incapacitated, Texas family members frequently turn to the state’s probate courts, where, most of the time, probating a will or naming a family member as guardian is swift and Keep Reading…

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A Catch-22 if you want lawyer’s work reviewed

Initially, the cost of investigating comes from estates of those who were allegedly harmed Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) Probate courts do have an internal mechanism for reviewing the work of court-appointed lawyers. However, the cost of investigating, at least initially, comes from personal estates — the people allegedly harmed in Keep Reading…

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Questions, allegations surround Texas probate courts

Observers say Harris County has most flagrant cases Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 25, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) FEE GUIDELINES Harris CountyProbate judges jointly approved their first-ever uniform fee guidelines after reviewing information provided by the Chronicle for this report. The changes, which took effect in January, cap legal fees in appointed guardianship cases at $300 Keep Reading…

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Houston businessman’s fee dispute comes with a cost

Probate critic fighting fees charged to his mother, while courts say he’s racking up the bills Lise Olsen (lise.olsen@chron.com) June 24, 2007 Houston Chronicle (TX) The Texas probate system allows any interested party to object to court fees. But the costly process can backfire. One of those who has fought the hardest is Houston businessman Keep Reading…

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