I apologize that my lack of familiarity with legal terms caused confusion. If I had a good grasp of all this, I wouldn't be writing for online assistance.
pg1067, I appreciate your sincere attempt to figure out what I was trying to convey! And that you managed to come up with some kind of a basis for comparison, however rough, based on Probate Code Section 10800, which is all I had hoped to get with the limited info I provided.
Just to clarify, there was no "estate". The total assets were in the trust and equally divided between my brother and I; no other interested parties and no probate. To my mind, he has done a lot of work: making multiple trips and phone calls to banks, completing paperwork, meeting with realtors and others, overseeing maintenance of the house, receiving and paying bills associated with the house, selling the car, etc. My Mom died a year ago, and the house is still on the market, so this is not a short-term thing.
As far as I can recall, my involvement has been limited to filing paperwork for a couple of insurance claims, getting a few documents (power of attorney, etc.) notarized, consulting with my brother and realtors on the phone and by internet, researching online the value of the car and some other small items. I have also spent a very labor-intensive week with him packing up and disposing of the items in a 3-bedroom house. As I said, the time he has spent has probably been 9 times what I have spent. I wish I could estimate the total hours we've each put into it, but I can't, and I'm sure he can't either.
He has asked for no compensation. He will be taking virtually all of the furniture (we are not dividing it nor am I being compensated for my "half"), some of which is quite valuable. When it is all complete, and we divide the proceeds of the house etc., I want to make sure that he receives something beyond 50% of all that for his trouble.
I understand that you can't tell me what that amount should be, but at least I now know what the probate code says would be appropriate for assets totaling $800,000 or so. Now I just need to estimate how much more work that situation would entail, compared to what our trust has entailed.
Thank you again.