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Yes, the executor is paid from the estate assets right after all funeral and burial costs are paid. So they are essentially first in line to be paid.
But if the house was jointly owned, it is not an estate asset and if the bank accounts were the only thing in her name, then they are the only assets that the executor could be paid from. Their compensation is set by law under FL Statutes 733.617 and he would get 3% of the first million in assets.
So if there is only a tiny amount in the bank accounts, it might not even be worth probating.
But the heirs are never liable to pay the executor, so you and brother have zero obligation to pay him for his services.