Pittsfield, ME asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Maine

Q: Can you pay off all estate debts at once after probate is finalized?

For reference, I live in the State of Maine. My father passed away with no will or life-insurance. There are multiple estate debts which include the mortgage, small credit card debt, as well as back child-support he owed to California. If I were to go through with probate to secure the house, would I (the personal representative of my father) have to pay off his debts? If so, would I be able to pay them off all in on go by selling the house and using those funds?

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: You need to consult with an attorney in the County and State where your Father died. With that many debts, probate might be a disaster and should be avoided. Then again probate may be required to marshal up certain assets. Do not file this probate yourself, hire an attorney to file this or allow intestate succession to convey title to some of the assets.

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