Q: In NC how do you handle a wife passing away and 2 weeks later the husband? The wife has no assets but medical bills.
I am named executor on both wills.
The cash in joint checking (only assets left) went to husband at death but wife had surgery the day she passed so there will be some medical bills. Can I pay wife’s medical out of husband’s estate? - if not, how are they handled. There is enough cash to pay all debts for both. Do you probate wife’s will and get appointed executor so you can handle her medical expenses.
A: Unfortunately, you have to probate both wills, first, all of the wife's property passed to the husband, and then all of the husband's property passed according to his will. Joint checking accounts are an asset that can be brought back into the estate even though they pass outside of the estate. Given the inherent complexity of doing two wills, I highly recommend hiring a probate attorney to assist you in this process.
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