My mother died suddenly, with a lot of credit card debt, do I have to pay it off? These debt collectors said that there is no record of her dying anywhere, and their stalking me at my work shoving papers in my hands saying that their hoping to sue her. Whet do I do?
You are not liable for your mother's debts. You should advise the executor of your mother's estate of the summons. You should have an attorney review the summons to see if you need to show up in court or if you can resolve the summons in some othe rmanner. Essentially, the credit card companies are trying to determine whether your monther's estate had any assets they can secure to satisfy their debts that they claim were due from her. This would appear to be a legitimate purpose.
Marty Davidoff, [email protected], 732-274-1600. This answer is provided for general information only. You should seek advice from an attorney or tax professional.
Do not sign anything. Nothing, nada, zilch. Children are not responsible for debts of their deceased parents. Forward to them a death certificate and give them written notice that they are not to contact you again.
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Dear Moses Lake,
In general, although there are exceptions:
1. Only the Decedent (& not any of his or her relatives) are liable for the Decedent's debts.
2. Decedent's creditors are barred after two years after a Decedent's death from filing a valid claim against the Decedent or his or her estate.
Richard Wills, WSBA 19720
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