Brother passed away intestate, with 10 year old minor as his sole heir. Decedent had no real property, just 2 checking accounts, one of them under the name of his own (S-Corporation) DBA, and a stock-brokerage account, but these assets prob. total less than $25K. Has personal items, and a car ($6K est.) which is paid off. The deceased has letters from the IRS and State of CA (dated late 2012) indicating that he owes $15K to $35K in taxes from 2010-11. 2011 taxes may not have been filed (though we have completed returns). This doesn't include taxes for 2012 (decedent worked as a 1099). Obviously the estate is insolvent. Question: Might this estate be administered or probated from its assets without out-of cost expenses to immediate family, or does the IRS take all before all else?We've received different advice, from "just walk away", to "take the money and run", but all sides of family want to end this cleanly, without potential liability to the lucky guy to be the personal administrator. Not to mention, the deceased's apt. needs to be cleaned out. Family is at a loss as to how to proceed, not being able or willing to provide much of a retainer for probate. Is this solvable ????