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During the estate planning process, Texans will try and resolve as many issues as possible. However, sometimes these problems fall through the cracks. While most individuals try to ensure they have no debts when they die—at least to the best of their ability—sometimes this is unavoidable. When this occurs, people may have questions about whether the debt is still owed and who pays the debt. Because this can be a very stressful situation, below are answers to some of the most common questions and how to handle each situation.

Does Your Debt Disappear After You Die in Texas?

Unfortunately, if a person passes away with debt, this debt is not automatically erased. Generally, your estate—through the person you name as executor of the estate—is required to pay off your debt. The process itself is called probate. Probate is accomplished through using the assets listed in the estate plan, such as cars, homes, bank accounts, and other assets, to settle the debt. In doing so, a judge will determine the estate’s total value, pay down the debt, and distribute the remaining estate assets to the heirs. The heirs will not be paid until the debt is handled.

9.3.19Here’s a legacy that you may not want to leave for your family to pay: your credit card debt. It doesn’t go away when you die.

Three out of four consumers die in debt, says Yahoo Finance’s recent article, “What Happens to Credit Card Debt When You Die?” That means the executor has to pay the debt, and the money comes from what might have been an inheritance. If you have many debts, the inheritance may become very small—or vanish altogether.

If you’re worried about your family being stuck with your debts after you die, know your rights and work with an estate planning attorney to help protect your assets.

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