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My father died two weeks ago this Sunday.

My condolences to you and your family.



Since this is in California, which is a community property state, I understand that my mother will most likely be on the hook for some or all of these debts, providing that they were in fact accrued by my father. What I'm looking for is some sage advice from the community on how to help my mother handle this. She's a complete wreck from losing my father, and as you can imagine, finding out that she may be responsible for a five-figure debt that she had no idea existed was a terrible shock to her.

I don't know the legal ins and outs, but your mother is trying to deal with this too quickly. My SWAG at it is that the creditors should be informed that they will need to make a claim against the estate. If a lawyer will be involved in settling the estate, you can ask him what will happen. I suspect some assets will be protected. Are you the executor for the estate? If so, don't pay anything until you are sure it is the right thing to do. If she is the executrix, give her the same advice.

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