Arizona Republic:  “A [Maricopa County] Superior Court judge has ruled that a phalanx of probate attorneys were justified in collecting $576,000 from an 88-year-old widow the court was (supposed to be) protecting.  The judge rubber-stamped half of the fees without even holding a hearing into whether they were reasonable. . . . [The ruling was in] the astounding case of Marie Long, an old lady worth $1.3 million when she came under the protection of Maricopa County's probate court in 2005. Today, she's destitute and depends on taxpayers for support.”

See also “Probate court asked to sanction attorneys in Marie Long case.”