From the Editor – Debtor’s Attorney Fees

By The Honorable William Houston Brown (Retired)

Debtor’s special counsel fees. Reminding attorneys that they are expected to have knowledge of and comply with the Code and applicable Rules, special counsel for a debtor or estate must seek employment from the court, with the court noting a split of authority on whether Chapter 13 debtors must seek such employment authority. The court concluded that § 327(e) required the court’s approval for employment of counsel for a special purpose. Although one attorney sought court approval to represent the debtor in a non-bankruptcy cause of . . .

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