What Happens to Debt upon Death?

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When someone dies, any debts they leave are paid out of their 'estate'. You're only responsible for their debts if you had a joint loan or agreement or provided a loan guarantee. You aren't automatically responsible for a husband's, wife's or civil partner's debts.
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Student loans are one type of debt that can be discharged upon death. If the student loan is a Federal Perkins Loan, contact the school for the forms needed to file for a discharge.
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The debts are paid from the estate.
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It depends on the kind of debt - secured or unsecured. Secured debt is debt that has collateral against it... like a mortgage or car loan. Upon death, the estate is responsible for
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The California Probate Code has provisions on who get paid and in what priority. if the Estate has greater debt than assets then nothing will be distributed from the probate to the
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