In other states, such as mine (CA), the compensation for the personal rep is based on the value of the estate at the time of death. The request for that compensation comes in the petition for distribution at the end of the probate process, or sometimes there are preliminary distributions if probate is delayed for some reason.
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You need to consult a local attorney to properly assess this issue. For example in our state, a p.r. can request statutory (3%) or can claim hourly, to be submitted, reviewed and approved by the court.
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