I am a NY attorney and cannot advise you as to Pennsylvania law, but I can provide certain general information that may be helpful. I believe it is true in all states, as it is here in NY, that an executor gets a percentage of the value of the estate. In NY, we use a sliding scale, which starts at five percent for the first $100,000, works down to four percent for the next $200,000, and then works downward from there. The person's profession or training will not enter into the commission schedule.
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The commission for the executor is based on what is reasonable. It is not based on the "day job" of the executor. There are statutes and case law that determine what is reasonable but most attorneys use a sliding scale similar to what Mr. Haber mentions.
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I agree with the responses of both of my colleagues. They have provided excellent responses.
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