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Attorneys – Fee Award – ‘Costs’ – Post-Judgment Interest – Unavailable – Trusts & Estates (access required)

Nexsen Pruet, PLLC v. Martin Attorneys’ fees awarded as costs against an estate do not bear interest. We affirm summary judgment for defendants. In 2005, the plaintiff-law firm was awarded $150,259 in attorney’s fees and expenses from the estate of John Van Lindley. The firm received a $150,259 check on behalf of the estate in 2009. The firm sought four years’ worth of interest on the $150,259, but the superior court ruled that an award of attorneys’ fees is an award of costs. Costs are excepted from those parts of a judgment that bear interest. G.S. § 24-5(b).

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