Executor Compensation and Fees (SK)

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

The Saskatchewan Trustee Act specifies that an executor is entitled to a "reasonable allowance" for services rendered.

Consideration Factors: The following factors are often considered in determining a reasonable allowance:

  • Size of the estate
  • Care and responsibility involved
  • Time required
  • Skill and ability demonstrated by the trustee
  • How successful the trustee was

Fees commonly range from 2-5% of estate assets. All else being equal, the larger the estate, the smaller the percentage fee, and the more effort and results, the greater the percentage.

Typical Base Fee: So, for example, a standard estate with gross assets of $500,000 might generate $17,500 in executor fees (i.e., 3.5%). This amount should be reduced or increased according to the consideration factors above, other than size, which has already been incorporated.

Annual Fee: For estates that take a significant time to settle, the court may also allow an executor to take an annual fee, typically something on the order of 0.4% of assets under management.

Extra Fee The court may also allow an additional fee for extraordinary services, such as overseeing the sale or lease of real estate, running a business, conducting litigation, preparing tax returns yourself, handling tax audits, and so on.

Exclusions: Note that assets which pass directly to named beneficiaries, such as life insurance policies, are generally not included in any of the above calculations.

See The Trustee Act, 2009, SS 2009, c T-23.01 § 52.

SK Compensation Calculator

EstateExec provides the following executor compensation estimator for SK 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. See estimation methodology for calculation details.

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See also Compensation for general remarks on executor compensation.

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