Is a personal representative paid for his job?

The personal representative is allowed all necessary expenses in the care, management, and settlement of the estate. The personal representative shall be allowed a fee for his or her services. The amount of the fee is determined by the probate court, based on a statutory formula. If the decedent and the personal representative, or the persons who receive the majority interest in the estate and the personal representative, agree to a different amount, it must be in writing. 

If the estate requires extraordinary services or is unusually difficult, the court may allow a greater fee. If a personal representative is derelict in his duty, his or her compensation for services may be reduced or denied.

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1. What is Probate?
2. I have an original will of a relative who just passed away. There are no assets that require probate. What do I do with the original will?
3. What is the filing fee for probate?
4. What is the difference between being named a personal representative or an executor?
5. How do I search genealogy records?
6. What is the cost for doing a probate search?
7. What is the cost for obtaining a certified copy of a document?
8. How much do you charge for copies?
9. Do you give hearing dates out for probate/guardianship pleadings before they are filed?
10. How do I file a claim?
11. I have a relative who died owning less than $50,000 in solely owned property, do I need to file a probate?
12. I have been appointed personal representative/executor for the estate of my uncle, who was an Illinois resident. My uncle owned a piece of real estate in Walworth County. What do I need to do?
13. Do I need an attorney to go through probate?
14. Does all of the decedent's property go through probate?
15. Is a personal representative paid for his job?
16. Can I get informal forms on the internet?
17. How do I go about collecting proceeds from a life insurance policy from the decedent?
18. I had power of attorney for my loved one who just passed away. Can I still manage his/her affairs?
19. How do I transfer a motor vehicle?
20. Who are the heirs?
21. When are the annual reports for guardians and trustees due?
22. I lost my annual report form. Can I get a new one?
23. I am a co-guardian/co-trustee. Do both guardians/trustees need to sign the annual report?
24. Do I need to show the Court proof of assets listed on page 3 of the accounting?
25. Do I need to send a copy of my annual report to Walworth County Human Services?