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If the estate has no assets, there's nothing for the state to collect from. A balance-due return for a decedent without a check will inform them they're not getting paid. Their computer will probably send a bill, and the administrator of the estate can send a letter saying there are no assets

Say that someone dies with $40,000 of assets and $50,000 of credit card debt. Would the same thing be true in this situation? i.e. the assets would go towards paying off the debts and for the remaining $10,000 of credit card debt, the executor would just tell the credit card company that there are no assets (i.e. the debt would not pass on to the heirs)?

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