If I use my own money to pay for legal matters as the executor of my father’s estate for, will I get reimbursed once the estate is settled?

Asked on March 3, 2017 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An executor is entitled to receive monetary compensation (i.e. a fee) and reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses. However, the executor should not merely bill the estate for services; they must have the  probate court approve any compensation or reimbursement requests. Assuming the reimbuserment is for a valid service, etc. regarding the estate and the executor has back up proof relating to the service and the payment of such service, the it should be approved.


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