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Parents, lawyer file claims with Brame's estate

David Brame's divorce lawyer wants the $13,074.87 the late police chief agreed to pay him for working on his case.

In addition, Brame's parents have filed a claim with his estate to recoup $9,163.13 in funeral and other costs.

The Tacoma law firm Davies Pearson has filed a claim in Pierce County Superior Court asking Brame's estate to pay the attorney fees and costs of his impending divorce from Crystal Brame.

David Brame signed a fee agreement with Davies Pearson attorney Anne Meath on April 1, court documents state.

According to a March 3 letter from Meath, Brame would have to pay a retainer fee of $3,000 and Meath's hourly rate of $250. The letter said he would be billed in six-minute increments.

The letter said that although Meath would be the primary attorney at work on his case, other attorneys occasionally might do work, and Brame would be responsible for their fees.

Meath declined to comment to The News Tribune.

According to court paperwork, Brame's parents, Eugene and Beverly, Brame, spent $7,002.85 on funeral expenses (including a $3,595 wood casket), $1,784.71 on his burial plot and $375.57 on an obituary published in The News Tribune.

The Brames' attorney in the matter, Lamont Loo, who also works for Davies Pearson, said the law requires people to file such claims to receive payment from an estate of someone who owes them money.