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How can an executor write checks to pay bills of an estate if will specifies checking and savings monies be donated?

White Lake, WI |

Executor is not on accounts. Deceased never married and has no children.

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The duty of the PR/Executor is to bills and taxes first and then make the distributions.
Also-are there other assets that be can liquidated to pay bills?
If so-and estate account could be used to accomplish paying the bills.

The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of action is to have legal representation in this matter.


If the accounts are probate accounts they are in the estate and should be put in estate accounts under the control of the executor. Bequests (gifts) to beneficiaries (whether charitable or not) are made AFTER legitimate debts and taxes are paid.

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The executor is carrying out his obligation to represent both the beneficiaries of the estate and legitimate creditors. Before the executor is discharged by the court he has an obligation to provide an accounting. If you are an interested party (a beneficiary) you have a right to review the accounting and question any expenditures before the estate is closed.

The above answer is not to be considered legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should consult your attorney for specific legal advice as to your individual situation.

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