Foreman v. Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A., 2005 WL 1553963 (Fla. 2d DCA July 6, 2005) (Trial Court Reversed) For obvious reasons, compensation cases are always of interest to practitioners. In this latest Second DCA opinion addressing claims for attorneys fees by former counsel for a personal representative (see here for the prior Second DCA case this year involving a compensation dispute), the court reversed Sarasota County Judge Nancy K. Donnellan and held as follows:
- Former counsel for personal representative is entitled to fees for services he performed if they benefitted the estate . . . even if those services were rendered after the date he withdrew as counsel.
- Former counsel for personal representative is entitled to fees for the time he spent trying to obtain payment for services he rendered to the estate.
- Former counsel for personal representative is entitled to an award of reasonable expert witness fees. The Second DCA also noted that 2004->Ch0733->Section%206175#0733.6175″>F.S. § 733.6175(4) “makes such an award mandatory if expert testimony is offered.”