An attorney is suing the probate judge, Judge Freddie Burton Jr., and lawyers, John Chase Jr. and Melvin Jefferson Jr., who handled the estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
Lawyer Stephen G. Cohen is accusing Burton, Jefferson, and Chase of conspiring to loot Parks’ estate. He claims that the group ran up more than $507,000 in unnecessary legal fees, leaving the estate, originally valued at $8 million, $88,000 in debt.
Cohen also claims that Burton stripped control of Parks’ estate from Elaine Steele, one of its named heirs. This allowed Jefferson and Chase to continue racking up huge legal fees. Cohen demands they return the money.
Many probate litigation experts agree that Cohen’s allegations will be challenging to prove, but he is confident he will find success.