Executor Compensation Denied for Delays

Counsel fees of 5% of the first $100,000 of the estate and 3% of balance over $100,000 were approved, but should have been paid from residuary estate and not proceeds of sale of property that had been specifically devised. Executor’s commission of the same amount was denied due to delays in the administration of the estate and failure to comply with court orders. Surcharge imposed on the executor for interest on inheritance tax and some of the legal fees incurred by the objectant were imposed on the executor as a sanction for his contempt of court. Klingel Estate, 9 Fid.Rep.3d 51 (O.C. Monroe 2018).

(An earlier opinion confirmed other objections to the executor’s account.)

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