I am the named executor on my father's Will. My siblings decided to probate the Will and appointed my brother as executor and hired their own attorney. My brother was named alternate executor in the Will. I was not aware they began probate proceedings until they had to notify me by law. When I found out, I hired my own attorney and being that I was the named executor on the Will, I received the letters testamentary. I paid out of pocket for the probate with my attorney, the appraisal to sell the property that my siblings attorney requested, and other expenses that were needed for the purpose of probating the estate. I gave all expense receipts to the title company so that I could get reimbursed by the estate. My siblings want to do the same and get reimbursed for their attorney's fees paid by them. Do they have the right to get reimbursed from the estate too?
Maybe, maybe not - the answer is very fact dependent, and may require a court hearing. You need to discuss this with your probate attorney.
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The legal fees for administering the estate are reimbursable from the estate. It is typically the expenses of the executor that are reimbursed. Talk to your attorney about this before you agree to anything.
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