If my father passed away and with 4 timeshares and I don’t put the timeshares through probate, can they come after me for fees and taxes?

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If my father passed away and with 4 timeshares and I don’t put the timeshares through probate, can they come after me for fees and taxes?

He did not have a Will and recently went through a divorce and had no other real property. I have all deed transfers from his ex-wife but I would rather they were not transferred to me because, as I understand it, they are very hard to liquidate. Can I just let the properties be foreclosed on?

Asked on November 28, 2017 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You have to do more than just not probate them, but you can disclaim the inheritance to make it clear that you are NOT responsible for them: no one can be made to inherit something against his/her will. If you disclaim, or refuse to inherit, the property, then the most that can happen is that any creditors, etc. of the properties can sue your father's  "estate"--the money and property he left behind, if any--and try to get payment from what he left behind--but they can't get anything from you personally. The most that might happen therefore is that any cash or valuables he left behind may be taken by creditors, but only if they do pursue the claim; your own personal assets, income, etc. will be safe.
Contact the clerk of the probate court for instructions on disclaiming an inheritance.


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