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What Happens to Your Debt After You Die?

WHAT HAPPENS TO DEBT AFTER YOU DIE? Do you have any kind of debt? If so, you may want to consider what will happen to that debt if you die before paying it off. Many people avoid this topic, but it's important to understand just what can happen to those bills when you're gone. Who's Responsible When you die, your debts may or may not pass on to other people, depending on the type of debt you held. 5. Single Signer When you are the only person who took on the debt, no one else will be responsible for it. Your assets willI be used against the debt. These could include: Your share of a house if you co-own Property and vehicles Any bank accounts [1] $. Co-Signers/Joint Account Holders Anyone who co-signed for a loan or is a joint account owner with you will be responsible for all future payments in the event of your death. Commonly co-signed accounts include: Student loans Student credit cards Mortgages [1] Authorized User An authorized user may use the credit holder's account, but is not legally obligated to pay the debt. In the event of your death, any authorized users must stop using the account. [1] How Debts Are Paid Post-Mortem Just because you are gone and no one else is responsible for your debts doesn't mean the banks and credit card companies will go unpaid. Here's what happens: Debts are prioritized and paid off using the assets from your estate. This will usually be similar to the following, but will vary by state: 24 Your assets are evaluated. [2] Funeral costs Legal fees Court fees Credit cards [1] Leaving an Inheritance: Is It Worth It? TESTAMENT What about property and items left to your family and friends? What will happen to these when you die? LAST WILL If there is still money owed, the person inheriting the property will usually have a choice: Pay the debt in order to keep the property. [2] Sell the property to pay the debt. SOLD Community Property Some states have "community property" laws, which change the game. Which States Are Community Property States? (2] Washington Idaho Wisconsin Nevada California Arizona New Mexico Texas Louisiana Alaska Community property laws can affect $4 5. how certain debts are treated and can have differing tax consequences for property upon death of a co-owner. [3] Talk to a lawyer to find out just what happens after death if you live in a community property state. [2] Preparation can be key to avoiding problems after your death. You can structure and separate accounts to avoid leaving family or friends with your debts and make sure to stay on top of things when possible. Many sources recommend using a lawyer when doing your estate planning to make sure you haven't left any loose ends. Sources: [1] [2] [3] %24 %24 %24 %24

What Happens to Your Debt After You Die?

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It's hard to think about the responsibility you have to pay your debts and what will happen if they are not taken care of before you die, but it's something important to do so that you don't pass on y...


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