estate lawyer, previously worked with re mother's 709 filing and other family and business matters, also a client with brokerage account since 1980. when father died 3/24/08 chose to use same attorney for filing 706. I formed a family foundation, bidding on the fee. I received bids from two estate attorneys for $ 3,000 to $ 4,000. I chose the same attorney because quoted me a price of $3500 and knew the family.
During this time, I received two separate bills over several years for the 706 and the foundation. During this time, I did pay toward the 706 bill.
I have not adjusted to the death of my father e.g. I haven't sold his homes( I pay maintence and taxes on these homes, which are not rented )I haven't installed a tombstone at the cemetary ( would be closure that my father died )
In 2013, the attorney said I had to pay towards his work.
I wote a check for $ 15,000 payable to the law firm and in the memo i wrote estate of J. Gunther. I have a copy of this check.
The lawyer paid the bill for the foundation approximately $9000 and the estate $6000.
IS THIS LEGAL ? to divide the check between the estate and the foundation ?
1. I would not have paid that much when I had been given a quote from him of $3500
2. I spoke to the lawyer about this and said he could do this" because the estate and the foundation are one and the same." again, my question is IS THIS LEGAL ?
I have additional questions rewgarding my situation with this lawyer but would like to know the answer to this question. Please write or call me (xxx) xxx-xxxx with the answer. O if you write over the weekend my address is***@******.***