Deceased appointed brother and sister as co-executors. It's been contentious. Now brother wants to be compensated for food purchased for the deceased over the last five years (about $5,000). He has receipts. Sister does not dispute purchases, but wants to be compensated for time she spent caretaking for the deeased. She does not have receipts since no transactions took place, only the gift of her time. Brother disagrees. How can this be resolved and what is a likely outcome?
Your brother's purchases of food before your mother died will probably be considered gifts and he will not be entitled to compensation by the estate. Likewise, you should not be compensated as a caregiver if you did not have a contract or something in writing from the deceased indicating you had an expectation of payment for your services. You should just administer this estate, and distribute the assets. Otherwise, you will have to have the court system figure it out for you at substantial cost.
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They should each get the same amount or neither should get anything. They will spend more going to court and create more bad will than the money is worth. If they cannot agree they should choose a neutral third party to decide.
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