Divorce lawyers who were representing Mary Kennedy when she hanged herself in New York don't want her husband to be in charge of her estate.

The lawyers and their forensic accountants say they're owed more than $278,000. They say that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was under court order to pay them.

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But they say he stopped paying his wife's bills several months before she died in May and was squeezing her financially.

The lawyers say Kennedy owes the money to the estate and would have a conflict of interest if he's the administrator. They're asking a judge in Surrogate's Court Wednesday to appoint a public administrator instead.

Kennedy's lawyers deny he stopped supporting his wife. They say he's willing to settle with the lawyers but wants to see itemized bills.