Greenville, TX asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Texas

Q: My father died 16 months ago, his will has been read and his estate distributed we just got a bill do we need to pay it?

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Dillon B Norton
Dillon B Norton
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: This question is difficult to answer without additional information. You need to contact a probate attorney to help figure this out. "Reading" a will and distributing an estate does not say much. And what is the bill for? Is it for a credit card he had or a care note? Was it an electric bill for a home that one of you is now living in? Was the estate probated and an inventory filed? Answering these questions is important.

If you haven't filed for probate, you should. Doing so gives an executor the power to fight creditors. If anyone was a co-signor on a debt associated with the "bill," then they are on the hook for payment. Contact a probate attorney for assistance.

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