As an heir do you have to spend money out of your pocket on bills you paying until the house is sold? 6 Answers as of September 05, 2013

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Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
No, although sometimes it is wise to do so.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 9/5/2013
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
If the real estate is going through probate then the executor should be paying it, if not, then the heirs should either split the costs or agree to reimburse whoever is paying it.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/4/2013
SmithMarco, P.C.
SmithMarco, P.C. | Larry P. Smith
No. Absolutely not. If you, yourself did not sign or co-sign for the credit, then you have no obligation to pay it. Just because you are an heir, that does not make it your debt. I would be interested in hearing about whether someone is telling you otherwise.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 9/4/2013
Mark S Cherry, Attorney at Law, PC
Mark S Cherry, Attorney at Law, PC | Mark Cherry
It is not required by law, but sometimes necessary.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 9/3/2013
MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
The estate is responsible until the house is transferred. That being said, the heirs are ultimately liable in the sense that they get less in a distribution of the estate assets.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 9/3/2013
    Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC | Daniel A. Edelman
    If the decedent owned property and it is being sold, and title has not been transferred to anyone but the decedent, the heirs are not personally obligated to pay debts relating to the property but the failure to pay certain debts may result in liens against the property, e.g., taxes, water and sewer, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/3/2013
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