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The Weekly Scenario: Does an Administrator for a Maryland Estate Get Compensated From the Assets of the Estate?

Question: Does an administrator for a Maryland estate get compensated from the assets of the estate (e.g., a percentage from the sale of a house)?

Answer:  A Personal Representative in Maryland is entitled to a Personal Representative’s Commission.  The commission must be approved by the Court or consented to by the heirs.  The amount of the commission cannot be greater than 9 percent of the first $20,000 of the estate plus 3.6 percent of the remainder.

For example for a $750,000 estate, the maximum commission would be: 9 percent of $20,000 or $1,800 and 3.6 percent of $730,000 = $26,280 Total = $28,080

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