What the lawyer/executor receives could be very different in New York and Vermont, in large part because New York has a statutory fee schedule, while Vermont does not. Chances are good a Vermont probate court would approve a smaller executor's fee than allowed by New York's fee schedule. You should work with a Vermont estate planning attorney to determine your uncle's domicile (presumably New York, but more information is needed), and thus where to open the probate proceeding.
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Minors residing in Vermont who are age 14 or above may choose their guardian, subject to the approval of the probate court, and may appear before the court or before a district judge and make their choice known.