Milton, DE asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania

Q: My deceased husband inherited property in Green County, PA. I think I am the heir. Would I be liable for any debts?

I do not how to proceed. The property is 300+ acres.

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3 Lawyer Answers
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi
Answered
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: You could be. I need to know more about the matter. Please feel free to call me 412-391-7135 or email me emt@tarasilaw.com

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Answered

A: The best way to find out is to consult with an attorney privately and go over all the facts. Call one in the area where your husband passed away/the property is located.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko
Answered
  • Allentown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If you are not on the deed, you would need to open an estate in order to dispose of the property, whether to you or anyone else. If there are debts, the debts are now obligations of the estate. They would need to be paid, irrespective of whether you are or are not personally responsible for them, before the property could be transferred. Thus, if you are not on the deed, unless you actually personally signed as a responsible party for the debts, you would not be personally responsible for the debts, but that is the wrong question! The point is that, before the land could be disposed of, debts of the estate would have to be paid. If there are no other assets in the estate to pay the debts, either you would have to pay them, if you want to keep the land, or the land would have to be sold and the proceeds first used to pay the debts.

I agree that you need to consult a lawyer to get help with this.

Nellie T Schulz agrees with this answer

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