Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks died in 2005. Her will and trust specified that the bulk of her estate was to go to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute For Self Development, which she had founded to teach young people leadership and character development. Since Mrs. Parks' death, however, her estate has been tangled in litigation, with accusations of wrong-doing involving many of Rosa's family members, friends and professional advisers.
The attorney representing Mrs. Parks' friend and "caretaker," Elaine Steele, claims that the Detroit area judge handling the case improperly awarded to two other attorneys involved in the case attorneys' fees of almost $243,000 -- or almost two-thirds of the assets remaining in the estate.
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