Nine years ago, as executor of my Mother's estate
, I hired an estate law firm to handle some estate matters (call this law firm the estate attorney). My last discussion with the estate attorney was eight years ago. Recently, an unresolved estate matter surfaced involving my brother. He hired an attorney of his own, and that attorney contacted the estate attorney. The estate attorney contacted me and asked when this issue (payment of $25K to my brother) would be resolved.
This $25K payment was contingent upon the sale of land that was discovered six years ago to have wetlands issues. I have been working with NJDEP to get a variance, and that is likely to occur in one year. When it does, and the sale proceeds, my brother will be paid.
All of my communications go directly, who forwards them to his attorney. The matter is rather simple, and I don't need the estate attorney's help. My brother's attorney, however, continues to engage with the estate attorney, and the estate attorney bills me. I've asked the estate attorney to back off. I've told them their services are no longer needed. They claim that BY LAW, they MUST stay involved until all matters are resolved, no matter HOW LONG that takes. They just sent me an email to tell me this, and closed email by writing I would not be billed for that email. State this is occurring in is New Jersey
Is the estate attorney correct?
Question 2: If the answer to Q1 is no, what legal jargon can I give the estate attorney to tell them to back off, your services are no longer required?