West Columbia, SC asked in Probate for South Carolina

Q: Estate lawyer passed away during probate

My father passed away in April 2014 leaving behind debt over 100,000 & 4 houses My oldest sister (I'm youngest) was put over the will my middle sister & myself live in 2 of the houses left behind my house is paid for hers isn't nor was a business property paid for my oldest sister sold some cars of my fathers to pay herself for some of the funeral but hasn't really paid any other debt we were told we should be closing in June not sure how true she had a lawyer for the estate but he passed away a week ago what happens now? Can probate still close if he passed away? Can I or my sister lose our houses to this debt? My fathers will states all his debt would be paid with his assets never been through probate

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Andrew "Andy" Potter
Andrew "Andy" Potter
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Anderson, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: If I understand your question, your oldest sister is the executrix of the will. She is in charge of the estate while it is in probate court. She is the one who will need to retain a new lawyer for the estate so that everything can be finished out properly. I would encourage her to hire an experienced probate attorney immediately. I cannot answer the other parts of your questions without more information.

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