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When did you discover that you were appointed as trustee to the estate?
As trustee you still have the ability to manage the estate per the terms of the trust so it should not be too late to take action. However, 5k to "look at" the case is absurd. You need to find a more reasonable attorney that will look at your case for free and the 5k should simply be the retainer or flat fee to start pursuing the matter. A 5k look at fee is unreasonable and appears to be egregious. Look for an attorney who may engage in a flat fee representation for a specific result.
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