The attorney who represented Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter in the rancorous dispute over the starlet's body wants nearly $200,000 for his work.
Richard Milstein served as the court-appointed guardian for Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead. He has filed paperwork in state court in Broward County seeking $198,493.98.
Attorneys for the girl's father, Larry Birkhead, and Smith's longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, said Milstein's bill would exhaust nearly the entirety of an estimated $200,000 remaining in a trust for Dannielynn, though she could eventually inherit millions more.
The bill includes $94,572.50 for work by Milstein billed at $475 hourly and $97,224.50 for work by other attorneys and paralegals in his firm, whose rates ranged from $155 to $495 hourly.
Besides acting as Dannielynn's representative in a Fort Lauderdale court, Milstein also helped coordinate funeral arrangements for Smith.
He said the money should come from a trust set up in Dannielynn's name.
"This representation required the guardian ad litem to devote significantly all of his professional and personal time and attention to the interests of Dannielynn for a period in excess of two weeks," Milstein argued in his petition.
He did not return a phone call Monday seeking additional comment.
The matter is scheduled for a hearing Nov. 8, but attorneys for the three other parties present for the extended dispute over where to bury Smith have already opposed.
Birkhead and Stern objected to Milstein's high rate and his use of other legal professionals without the specific authorization of the court.
"It is unconscionable for a trust established for a baby to be billed at a large firm hourly rate," their attorneys wrote.
The attorneys also said the Playboy model's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, should pay at least part of the bill, which the mother's attorney, Stephen Tunstall, called ridiculous.
"There is no legal basis or factual basis for even making such a request," he said.
Tunstall did find common ground with Birkhead and Stern in his objection to Milstein's accounting.
He said the guardian ad litem "went wild" in generating a bill.
Smith, who died Feb. 8 in a Hollywood hotel, was the widow of Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.
She had been fighting Marshall's family for years over his estimated $500 million fortune, which could eventually go to Dannielynn.