Executor Fees By State

Patrick O’Brien

Serving as executor for someone’s estate plans is a lot of work. It makes sense for wanting to be compensated.

You have the power of attorney for the deceased persons estate. You need to handle their real estate, settle any estate tax, communicate with their loved ones, and hire a law firm for legal advice, among other things.

So that brings the question…

Do/Should You Receive Payment for Serving as Executor?

There’s nothing wrong with accepting compensation for handling an estate.  You are entitled to receive compensation for your work. In some cases, it will be stated in the will, in others it will be based on the state of residency of the will writer.

If you need more help deciding if you should accept compensation for serving as executor, read this guide.

For now, here are the executor fees by state, so you know how much compensation is reasonable.

Executor Fees by State Interactive Map

Click on your state in the map below to see the executor fees you’re entitled to:

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Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to be legal advice. Instead it is a guide of where to start when looking for executor fees in particular states. Some states allow executor compensation mentioned in a will to govern, others do not. Many of the laws governing executor compensation are complex and constantly changing, and we may have left out specific exclusions and exceptions. You should consult an estate attorney or the probate court for guidance.