The widow of a New York real estate tycoon was "spacey" and "not fully aware" when she agreed to a 40 percent contingency fee with her lawyers at Graubard Miller, an attorney for her estate argued Monday during the first day of trial in Manhattan Surrogate's Court in a dispute over a $42 million legal fee. Graubard countered that Alice Lawrence was in full possession of her faculties and that she had suggested the fee arrangement for the skillful attorneys who represented her.
Graubard, Lawrence Estate Begin Trial on $42 Million in Legal Fees
New York Law Journal
October 7, 2009