Personal Representatives Can Be Compensated in Florida

By
Managing Real Estate Broker CQ1034557

 

If you've been appointed to serve as the Personal Representative of an estate in the state of Florida, then you can be compensated for the services you provide on behalf of the estate, regardless of the wishes of the beneficiaries of the estate.

 

For his or her services, a personal representative of an estate is entitled to compensation from the estate assets, without a court order. Florida Statute §733.617 provides the general rule in Florida for the commission of a personal representative. The Statute provides that the commission will be presumed reasonable for ordinary services provided by the personal representative. The commission is based on the value of the estate, which includes the inventory value of the probate estate assets and any income earned by those assets during administration. The commission is calculated as follows: 3% for the first $1 million, 2.5% above $1 million and not exceeding $5 million, 2% above $5 million and not exceeding $10 million, and 1.5% for all above $10 million.

 

If an estate where decedent was domiciled is valued at $20 million dollars, the personal representative is entitled to 3 percent of the first $1 million dollars or $30,000. For the amount between $1 million and $5 million dollars, the personal representative is entitled to 2.5 percent or $100,000. For the amount between $5 million and $10 million dollars, the personal representative is entitled to 2 percent or $100,000. And for the amount above $10 million and up to our $20 million dollar estate, the personal representative is entitled to 1.5 percent or $150,000. Thus, for an estate worth $20 million dollars, the personal representative is entitled to $380,000 in commissions.

 

In addition to this commission, a personal representative is allowed additional reasonable compensation for extraordinary services including sales of real or personal property, conducting litigation for or against the estate, any involvement in court or IRS proceedings, running the decedent’s prior business and issues with protected homestead such as with a home.

 

 If the compensation of a personal representative set forth in a will is different than the compensation set forth in the above referenced statute, the personal representative can choose between that as listed in the will or follow Florida Statutes. The personal representative will likely take the higher of the two compensation schemes. The personal representative also has the option of receiving some or none of the compensation of which they are entitled.

 

 If you have an estate worth at least $100,000 and there are two personal representatives, each personal representative can take the full commission that a sole personal representative would take. However, if there are three or more personal representatives for the estate then all personal representatives must apportion among themselves the compensation that two personal representatives would be entitled to. If the estate is less than $100,000, then one commission must be apportioned among all the personal representatives.

 

Often times a Personal Representative may be overwhelmed by the prospect of serving as a personal representative and may choose to have their attorney serve as the personal representative as well.

What if the appointed personal representative is also a lawyer and has rendered legal services. Under Florida law, an attorney shall receive a fee for their legal services in addition to a full fee as personal representative.

 

For more information on estates and probate in Florida, please visit www.FloridaProbateandYou.com

 

Mike Sikorski MBA CRB GRI  CRS

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

Certified Probate Expert

 

The information provided in this article is for information and educational purposes so that you have an understanding about the probate process in Florida. This information is not to be construed as legal advice. Only a licensed attorney can give you legal advice, and it is highly recommended to seek the advice of an experienced and qualified attorney to answer your legal questions.

Comments (18)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Welcome to the Rain where we all help each other and learn from each other.

 

Apr 14, 2018 08:42 AM
Mike Sikorski MBA CRB GRI CRS
Port Charlotte, FL
Experience And Professionalism You Can Count On

Thank you, Will. I hope to learn from you as well!

Apr 14, 2018 08:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I am working with two families through Probate, so interesting reading.  Welcome to ActiveRain! 

Apr 14, 2018 02:40 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Welcome to Active Rain, a great place to learn, share, and network.  Interesting compensation defined by statute.  

Apr 14, 2018 02:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mike Sikorski MBA CRB GRI CRS welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Apr 14, 2018 07:16 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Welcome to this online community! 

Congratulations on your first blog post! 

Apr 16, 2018 10:34 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain 

Apr 18, 2018 02:39 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing this information Mike, sure to be of value for those who find themselves in this situation.

 

Jun 02, 2018 11:30 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.
Bob

Jun 02, 2018 11:30 PM
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