Theodore, AL asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Collections for Alabama

Q: How should I deal with the people that call looking for the person in charge of my wife's Estate.. She had no will.

My wife passed in August 2023. She had one personal loan and two credit cards in her name only.

1 Lawyer Answer
James Blount Griffin
James Blount Griffin
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Madison, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: This question opens other questions. The first people to call the survivors after someone dies are often credit cards servicers, who are actually the last priority for an estate administrator to pay. The highest priorities are court costs, taxes, funeral expenses, legal fees, and then secured creditors and finally unsecured creditors. If she has no property in her name alone, there might not be good reason to open an estate in her name. Call me if you need to.

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