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Your question: Is this normal?
Answer: No, it is not normal. First, if a ;probate estate was opened and more than a year has passed, the personal representative should know what all the debts are by now. Therefore, withholding $3,000 for unpaid bills is not normal at this juncture. The final account that you received should have listed the total assets of the estate and each item of expense that is claimed as a deduction. The botXXXXX XXXXXne is the balance for distribution to the heirs. Anything less than that should not have been signed off on by either the trustee or other heirs.
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specifically, when I am being charged thousands of dollars for his legal services, is it normal to just give me a date and an amount I was charged without knowing how much time and what tasks they performed on that particular day ? I mean why are his services not itemized?
There is no standard billing format for attorneys. The client is always entitled to an itemized breakdown of attorney charges when they are based on an hourly billing rate. If a bill is based on a percentage of the money involved though, the attorney might not keep time records. These requirements are usually part of the attorney-client agreement at the beginning of the representation.