Ninety Percent Reduction of Legal Fees

The Orphans’ Court awarded legal fees to an executor against a beneficiary who had impeded the executor in his attempts to recover property of the decedent in the possession of the beneficiary, but the court allowed only about ten percent of the legal fees claimed by the executor. The Superior Court found that the Orphans’ Court judge had presided over the entire dispute, and had considered all of the LaRocca factors in determining reasonable legal fees, and so found no abuse of discretion. In re: Estate of Owen Eugene Meals, Sr., 394 MDA 2023 (Pa. Super. 4/22/2024) (non-precedential).

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