My mom passed away in Pennsylvania. Her house was paid for and myself, my sister and a brother are the executors of the estate. There is no money in the estate. Are we responsible for my mothers debts once we sell the house?
As your mother's Estate has assets (the house) you would likely have to pay the debts she had from the proceeds of the house if the creditors place a claim against the Estate. Confirm with local probate counsel.
Yes, you are absolutely responsible to pay debts and administrative expenses from the proceeds from the house, although this could vary somewhat if the house were in joint name with someone other than your mom. If the house was either all or partly in your mother's name, with nobody else having right of survivorship, the house is considered an asset just as if it were money. You are also responsible for filing a Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return, the Inventory, etc., sending notices to all beneficiaries, placing estate notices in the required publications, and doing all the other required paperwork. I'm assuming you all filed for probate? If not, do that as soon as you can. My condolences on your loss.
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I'm sorry for your loss. I agree with attorney Rabin. From your question I am assuming the real estate is solely in your mother's name. If so, you'll need to probate the estate in order to sell the real estate. All debts, any inheritance tax and administrative costs of the estate will need to be paid before there can be a distribution to the beneficiaries.
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