Case Conclusion Date: 01.01.1999
Practice Area: Appeals
Outcome: Attorney fee award must be supported
Description: At trial, petitioner, wife, was awarded attorney fees. Husband Appealed. Wife's attorney engaged Mr. Abel to be appellate counsel. Mr. Abel argued that existing law supported the award for attorney fees. In deciding the issue, the Court of Appeals changed course and decided that an award of attorney fees could not be based on the court's knowledge of the attorney, the proceedings, and the work done. Rather, a petition for and award of attorney fees were required to based on a supporting declaration detailing the reasons for an award of attorney fees.