Can someone who is not the executor of an estate legally get paid for doing executor work

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Can someone who is not the executor of an estate legally get paid for doing executor work

There is a person who was taking care of the
estate before an executor was legally
appointed. Does that person have the legal
right to get paid for the time put in to
maintaining the estate before and even after
someone else was appointed executor?

Asked on July 3, 2019 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

They do not have any right to be paid as an executor--only the executor receives that compensation. The executor may *voluntarily* choose to pay someone (e.g. per hour or a fixed rate) for doing work associated with or for the estate, but that is executor's choice: they cannot be required to hire somone to do these things. Someone who is willing or wants to help out with the estate should arrange with the executor to be paid for his/her labor.


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