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Q: In Nevada, does a surviving sibling POA/Trustee assume the debt of the desceased sibling?

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A: As a general rule a sibling is not responsible for the debt of a deceased sibling. But, at least two exceptions comes to mind:

1) If you co-sign for a loan or other obligation, you can be liable for the debt of your deceased sibling.

2) If you are the trustee of a deceased sibling's assets you may be legally liable if you don't pay the debt out of the assets, depending on various facts.

By the way, if you hold a Power of Attorney to act for someone and that person dies, then the Power of Attorney ends.

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