Bahamas law firm sues Smith for unpaid fees

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NASSAU - A Bahamas law firm says it is suing former Playboy Playmate and oil heiress Anna Nicole Smith for unpaid legal fees of $113,000.

Callenders, based in Nassau, secured an injunction from the Bahamas Supreme Court forbidding Smith to reduce the balance in her local bank accounts below $125,000.

Attorney Tracy Ferguson said Smith had repeatedly failed to pay fees due her company.

"We are determined to pursue this. We will be paid. Ms. Smith now needs to respond to this and stop being evasive," the Nassau Tribune newspaper quoted Ferguson as saying on Friday.

An attorney for Smith could not be reached for comment.

Smith hired Callenders in September to handle affairs surrounding her 20-year-old son Daniel, who died at his mother's hospital bedside three days after she gave birth to daughter Dannie Lynn Hope.

The firm later withdrew its services, but only after several weeks of work.

This week, the firm filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce the injunction to recoup fees, interest and costs.

In an affidavit, Ferguson said she believed Smith had the funds to pay "but that she has a total aversion to paying her bills and that she will seek to avoid paying the fees by any means that occur to her, including by sending her money within this jurisdiction abroad."
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