From the Editor – Debtor’s Attorney

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Attorney fees cannot be charged for preparing and prosecuting fee application. Although additional fees requested by debtor’s attorney were not unreasonable, the attorney could not be paid by the estate for billing time or for defending a fee application. The rationale of Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC, 135 S.Ct. 2158 (2015), although a Chapter 11 case, applied in Chapter 13. The attorney was not seeking fees for representing the interests of the debtor; rather, the additional fees were for representing the professional . . .

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