Executor Compensation and Fees (AS)

If the will does not specify how executor compensation should be calculated, AS estates must follow state compensation rules (see AS calculator below).

American Samoa law holds that the executor fee should not exceed 2.5% of receipts (basically, assets and any income), plus an amount not to exceed 2.5% of disbursements (expenses paid and heir distributions), with a minimum fee of $40.

So, for example, an American Samoa estate worth $5K at the time of death, and with $4K to distribute, would generate at most $225 in executor fees, and one worth $600K at time of death and $700K at time of distribution would generate at most $32,500 in executor fees.

Assets that pass directly to named beneficiaries, such as life insurance policies or 401Ks, are not included in these calculations.

See American Samoa Code § 40.0333.

AS Compensation Calculator

EstateExec provides the following executor compensation estimator for AS estates, but please keep in mind that circumstances may vary, and that there may be special situations addressed by local custom or law. By using this estimator, you acknowledge that EstateExec provides any results as informational input only, not as legal advice, and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies for, or misunderstandings about, any given estate.

You can use this calculator now, but if you use EstateExec to help you track the settlement process, it will automatically analyze your estate to suggest values for the Value Received and Disbursements fields below (you can create an estate for free).

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See also Compensation for general remarks on executor compensation.

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