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Years ago, when my sister died, we weren't close. But living in the same city, with the same last name, her creditors did track me down.

I never had any financial info or connection with her - so all I told them was that it was none of my business, and no, I was not interested in paying off her debt. I didn't send anyone death certificates either. I got the occasional call for the next few years, but never paid anyone a penny. So, if you don't have joint accounts, I don't think you are obligated to pay the creditors anything (probably does not release a spouse). I'm neither a lawyer or an accountant, so don't quote me. But before anyone negotiates a settlement, make sure you have an obligation.

Nothing related to this ever showed up on my credit report either.

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Thanks, ts. No, I am not personally obligated but her estate is -- for medical and consumer debt. I can clear her car lease (eventually) and her student loans, but the rest has to be dealt with creditor by creditor, unfortunately. And my personality is such that I need to clear things now, rather than have loose ends and wonder about a lawsuit years down the road. Also, I'm the executor of the estate so that makes me a fiduciary. I'm an officer of the court b/c of my profession. If I screw up as a fiduciary badly enough I can lose my license. Yadda yadda yadda. I am glad you didn't have to deal with all of this crap.

Also, I have to probate her will in order to clear title to her coop. Blech. I will be so happy when all of this is done.

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