From the ROA: More nonsense in Knox County–why was F&M Bank, guardian of the Estate and not an Estate Attorney billing the Estate of Frederick Stegall $250 per hour for attorneys’ fees

Typically in probate, if the attorneys can get away with excessive billing they do.

The record on appeal is published in the last post so you can see for yourself.

F&M was appointed Guardian of the Estate. But were they billing the Estate as a normal Guardian would at $20 or $25 per hour. Heck no, that would be far too honest for them.

Instead look at the below image. They billed these Estate as “guardian” for 20 hours at $250 per hour in attorneys fees!

While most banks just bill their “trust” fee which is typically just a small percentage per year, this bank goes for attorneys fees at $250 per hour for a “Tom McIntire” and “Lori Hedden”.

If they wanted to bill attorneys fees, they had to file an appearance with the Estate as attorneys for the Guardian of the Estate and put in a fee petition. But neither attorney ever did that. Instead they ask for $250 per hour under the guise of Guardian of the Estate and not the attorney filing the appearance for the estate.

The Illinois states attorneys for Knox County should be investigating these two individuals for their excessive billing, but they are too busy pretending to the be attorneys for the guardian with an appearance on file and not acting as the guardian for $30 per hour or a small estate percentage.

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2 thoughts on “From the ROA: More nonsense in Knox County–why was F&M Bank, guardian of the Estate and not an Estate Attorney billing the Estate of Frederick Stegall $250 per hour for attorneys’ fees

  1. Hi Joanne, Great article. Unbelievable. Just writing to ask if you know if Indiana is a particularly bad state for guardianships? Thank you. Judy

    • I have not heard of any cases from Indiana, but when I was there, there were a lot of rumblings about corruption. Unfortunately I do not know any lawyers there either. I am sorry I cannot help you further but if I hear of anything, I will let you know. You might check out the ladies at NASGA or National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse

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