I have a federal tax lien filed against me and im expecting an inheritance. Will the probate court judge check for liens or debts against me
They can check, but that is not their problem, it is yours unfortunately.
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Normally, a judge does not even look at the FILE, let alone the status of beneficiaries of the estate. If it is an unsupervised informal probate action, no judge will ever look at your file. I do not know why a judge would ever do this, even in a formal or supervised estate. Knowing that you have the liens outstanding, however, you should probably consult with your own attorney to see how best to shelter your inheritance, if that is what you are trying to accomplish.
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Your more pressing concern is that the IRS may serve a writ of execution on the personal representative who will then be required by law to pay your portion of the inheritance over to the IRS.
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