Friday, March 18, 2016

Judge rules against attorney in estate fee dispute

Judge rules against attorney in estate fee dispute

Editor's note:  Jeez!!!!  $34,722.00 per hour if he stayed awake and worked for three days steady!!!!!  This Shark believes it kinda sounds like something the criminals in the Probate Court of Cook County would suggest.   Lucius Verenus, Schoolmaster, 
A judge has ruled against an Augusta-area attorney who claimed he was entitled to $2.5 million from the estate of Harrell Tiller, a former Richmond County Commission chairman who was active in local politics for decades.
In a final order signed March 7, Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet voided the liens Christopher Nicholson filed against 21 properties and unspecified bank accounts of Tiller, ruling that an attorney cannot place a lien unless he was retained and had recovered property of value for the client.
Nicholson claimed he was entitled to the money for the three days he served as Tiller’s emergency guardian before he was removed by the probate judge for misconduct. Nicholson is running for the Superior Court judgeship held by Judge Carl C. Brown Jr.
In November 2014, Tiller, 89, suffered a stroke. There was some disagreement between Tiller’s family and his common law wife, Audrey Croft, over where he should recover, Croft’s daughter Beverly Greve testified last month. She told the court that she asked Nicholson whether he would help her
mother obtain medical power of attorney.
On Nov. 24, Nicholson presented Probate Judge Harry B. James III with a petition to serve as Tiller’s emergency guardian.
A bank executive who handled one of Tiller’s investment accounts filed an objection, and two days later at a hearing in chambers, James removed Nicholson as guardian
and had him escorted out of the building.
Tiller died Dec. 21, 2014.

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