Estate accounting has charges for services as attorney and as executor. They are the same person and the services performed that were billed as attorney do not seem like it was necessary for an attorney to do them, seem like executor or office assistant work.
Examples: Making copies, picking up forms, looking up addresses, faxing, sending mail, taxes. Those seem like anything but attorney duties but they were billed at $215 an hour . Also, in Pennsylvania, if the attorney is doing work that would normally be done by the executor like the things mentioned, does the estate pay the attorney fees or does the executor pay those fees from thier commissions?. It would seem that if the executor uses the attorney like a subcontractor they should be responsible for paying them not the estate
The estate is responsible for the executor fee and the attorney fees. The overall fee for these services must be reasonable. If you feel they are not you need to retain an estate attorney to first review it and if warranted challenge the fees in court. You cannot do this on your own.
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Absolutely agreed. Estate and Fiduciary Accounts and Income Tax Returns are usually the job of the Attorney (my opinion, but I also focus my practice in that line of work).
As Mr. Fromm stated, you need someone who knows what they are looking for - it is difficult to draw any conclusions from your statements without seeing anything.
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