My own layman’s guide, born of my own experience and observations – Part 8
By now, you should realize that settling an estate takes a lot of work. This is why the estate can compensate the executor for doing the job. Of course, by executor, the law also includes executrix, as well as administrator and/or administratix.
BUT, it may be that the will specifically forbids payment to the executor/executrix. Why would the will forbid this payment? Hard to say. Could be that Great-aunt Bunny really wanted the ‘stuff’ to be divvied up a certain way, or just didn’t realize it would be so much work. Also note, if you are the executor as well as a fellow-heir, the other heirs may not realize the amount of work, (or believe it should be a labor of love,) and your fees could start (or contribute to) a family feud.