From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Reasonable Delaware County Attorney Fees as Executor
Most Recently Updated July 14, 2018.
“I am the co-executor of my Mother’s Delaware County, Pennsylvania estate, along with her attorney. What fee can he charge?”
Reasonable Delaware County Attorney Fees as Executor
First, if your Mother’s attorney is serving as the executor and will also be providing your mother’s estate legal services in Delaware County, the attorney should not be charging both an executor’s fee and a fee for legal services based solely on a percentage of the estate.
Pennsylvania has not adopted a statutory fee for legal or executor services based on a percentage of the estate’s assets, but there is a case, which we refer to as “The Johnson Estate” that spells out a guideline for how attorneys and executors should charge for their services. This is a guideline, not the law.
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If a case is much easier or much harder than usual, then the reasonable fee could be much lower or higher than what The Johnson Estate describes. Our firm’s general policy is to bill hourly for services, which I believe is more reasonable. Further, if a client asks me to serve as executor, I will ask the client how I should be compensated. Often, they want me to bill hourly. If so, I will document that in the Will itself.
In the end, the attorney’s fee for serving as executor and for legal services to the estate as a probate attorney should be “reasonable”, but how those fees will be calculated … flat fee or hourly…should be agreed to at the beginning.
More Probate Questions?
Paying attorney fees as executors is only part of the overall probate process. By all means, if you wish to learn more, please read my more detailed article, The Probate Process All You Need to Know.
In Conclusion: Reasonable Delaware County Attorney Fees as Executor
I hope that this article was helpful in explaining reasonable attorney fees for probate. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!
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