Code of Alabama - Title 43: Wills and Decedents' Estates - Section 43-2-848 - Compensation of personal representative

Section 43-2-848 - Compensation of personal representative.

(a) A personal representative is entitled to reasonable compensation for services as may appear to the court to be fair considering such factors that may include, but are not limited to, the novelty and difficulty of the administrative process, the skill requisite to perform the service, the likelihood that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment, the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar services, the amount involved and the results obtained, the requirements imposed by the circumstances and condition of the estate, the nature and length of the professional relationship with the decedent, the experience, reputation, diligence, and ability of the person performing the services, the liability, financial or otherwise, of the personal representative, or the risk and responsibility involved, which shall not exceed two and one-half percent of the value of all property received and under the possession and control of the personal representative and two and one-half percent of all disbursements.

(b) In addition the court may allow a reasonable compensation for extraordinary services performed for the estate.

(c) If a will provides for compensation, or no compensation, of the personal representative either directly or conditionally and there is no contract with the decedent regarding compensation, the personal representative may renounce the provisions and if no alternate or successor personal representative is willing to serve for the compensation provided in the will for the personal representative, the personal representative in the order of priority provided in the will shall be entitled to reasonable compensation. A personal representative also may renounce the right to all or any part of the compensation. A renunciation may be filed with the court.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the right of a decedent or all affected beneficiaries to agree in writing with the personal representative, as to the amount or the method of determining the personal representative's compensation, which shall be binding on all parties if the appointment is accepted and the agreement is not unconscionable.

(Acts 1993, No. 93-722, p. 1411, §19.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021