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Executor of an estate charging a fee

Fatwaa ID: 1296


Is it permissible for an executor of an estate to charge a fee?
If not permissible, can he take for all the expenses he had carried out?
If yes permissible, does the fees come out from the estate or from the beneficiaries?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The executor of an estate provides a legitimate service. He is entrusted with the winding up of the estate of a deceased. This takes time and finances and he deserves to be compensated. He may charge a fee for the service that he provides. That is permissible. This also applies to a mufti or scholar who guides through the distribution and other related matters. The fee can be taken from estate itself.

Note: If the executor of the estate is an heir or family member of the deceased, then it will be advisable to appoint or hire someone else as there may be a conflict of interest.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

11/24/1444 AH – 06/13/2023 CE | AMG1-3150

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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