If somebody is appointed in a will as executor, they are at liberty to pass the job onto a firm of solicitors to deal with and that money would come out of the estate.
If on the other hand the person was gifted GBP5000 to be executor as opposed to just being gifted GBP5000 and being an executor, then they don’t get the GBP5000 and the solicitor would get it along with any other costs they incur.
So it depends whether the GBP5000 was conditional upon the person being the executor.
An executor is also called a personal representative and if they believe things are best served using solicitors, they are quite entitled to do that and the estate will pay so in effect the beneficiaries pay. However the beneficiaries are not in charge of that, the executors are.
He has no personal liability to pay the solicitor unless the GBP5000 was payment for being executor. If it was then he doesn’t get it but by the same token you doesn’t have to part with any more money I
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