I am very sorry for the unexpected delay.
Executors and lawyers can both charge an estate. Usually the executors pay the legal fees from their executor fees and if there are co-executors they split the fees.
There may be some double dipping here to say the least.
Also, the fees always need to be reasonable and what is reasonable is often dependent on what has been done, the complexity of the estate, the time spent etc.
A Court would not automatically say that the 2.5 % rule in and our always applies.
I would suggest that you briefly sit down with an estate lawyer and run all the details by the lawyer and get his/her opinion.
What you can do to find a lawyer is one of the following things.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.
The number is:
1-800-268-8326 or(NNN) NNN-NNNN(within the GTA)
Or you can check on a site called lexpert
. This is a legal directory of leading lawyers and law firms throughout Canada and is well-respected by the legal community.
Here's the link to their website: http://www.lexpert.ca/Directory/DirectoryContent/FindLawyersOrFirm.aspx