Recently the court in BC had to deal with an unbelievably difficult co-administrator of an estate named James Campbell. James said he would charge the estate $300 per email, $500 per telephone call, and $1,500 per letter to work on the estate. His emails to his two fellow co-administrators (his siblings) were disrespectful and profane. He demanded $40,000 from each of them before he'd do anything on the estate. He told the court he had evidence that the other two administrators had stolen from the deceased but wouldn't tell anyone what the evidence was.
The estate, not surprisingly, was at a standstill. This would be bad news for any estate, but in this particular case they had to deal with a caregiver who had embezzled $175,000 in cash along with other assets. There was an ongoing police investigation. In other words, the co-administrators had a lot to do, and James' unreasonableness was making it impossible for the estate to proceed.
So what did the court do with James Campbell?
The court removed him as administrator. That wasn't too surprising. But the court went further, and ordered that James would have to pay the legal costs of the other two. The judge said that he ordered this financial punishment as a warning to any other executors or administrators who got up to "nonsense" instead of doing the job they were appointed to do.