What happens when the deceased has only unpaid credit cards and loans? I (wife) am executor of will but have a felony on record, what could happen?

Asked on July 5, 2009 under Estate Planning, Oregon


L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The fact that you have a felony on record should make no difference in terms of your executor duties.  Your husband's unpaid credit card bills should be paid from his estate before any assets are distributed to anyone.  I assume there is a will.  If there is no will, the court will determine to whom the assets go after all debts have been paid.

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