You did not say who the deceased is. Is the deceased a party to the contract and if so which party?
In general both real estate interests and contracts are estate assets. However, if a person had a life estate in land, then it expires when that person dies.
Also it is not clear what your interest in this matter is and perhaps you would get a better answer if you made it clear.
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Hello. Since you ask if certain monies may be used to pay the attorney, why then don't you ask the attorney involved in this matter? Otherwise, please confer privately with an attorney, because the questions you raise are not very clearly written, and also require other questions be asked and answered prior to you being provided with legal advice. All the best.
Any assets or interests the decedent owned at the time of death, or proceeds from those assets or interests, are estate assets and can be used to pay estate expenses.
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