Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina

Q: if you are the executor of an estate how should the bills be paid? home Bills first then funeral expenses.

the estate has very little money in itwe want to keep the housebut my wife said his debt has to be taken care of first I would think his home is the most important debt.

This is in South Carolina

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Howell, MI

A: This is EXACTLY the reverse of how most states process things, and it emphasizes that you NEED to have local representation to make sure you don't make a mistake. I can't say for sure in SC but in MI and all the other states I am aware of the FUNERAL and PROBATE expenses take priority, Taxes are next and 'general obligations take a back seat to all these.

Many states throw in expenses of final illness or injury into that mix.

Seek representation from a LOCAL lawyer who can provide you specific information for your state.

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