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The answer is: The commissions that may be paid to an executor
(executrix) in New Jersey are (1) whatever the will (if any) directs,
or in the absence of such direction a commission which in a $250,000
estate would be $11,750 plus 6% of any income received by the estate.
In New Jersey, an executor is appointed under the terms of the last
will and testament. An administrator is appointed by a court when the
decedent does not leave a will, or did not appoint a executor who is
able and willing to serve. Both an executor and an administrator can
also be referred to as a "personal representative".
The personal representative is entitled to retain an attorney to
assist with his or her responsibilities. The personal representative
is entitled to pay the attorney a reasonable fee from the assets of
The personal representative is entitled to receive compensation.
Unless the last will and testament directs otherwise, the personal
representative receives "commissions", which are computed as a
percentage of both the principal assets of the estate, and a
percentage of the income.
In New Jersey, the principal commissions are:
5 percent of the first $200,000 of principal assets, plus
3 1/2 percent of the next $800,000 of principal assets, plus
2 1/2 percent of the remaining principal assets.
The principal commissions are only computed on the assets passing
under the will.
The income commissions are 6 percent of all income received during the
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