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Do we have to pay debts for deceased father in law

(9 Posts)
Chasdingle Sat 24-Sep-16 13:32:18

Fil died during the summer. He lived in a housing association house and only had a couple of thousand in the bank so basically that all went paying for the funeral. A week or so ago we had a council tax demand for just over £100 or now we've just had a letter of dwp saying they have accidentally overpaid £157 and want it back. Dh didn't get on with his father due to issues from childhood and this is effecting him badly as he feels like his dad is still causing him issues even now he is died (sorry if this sound harsh but don't want to how into the detail). Anyway does anyone have any advice on what we should due? Ignore, write and say no estate or pay ourselves.

gallicgirl Sat 24-Sep-16 13:38:12

Advise there's no money in the estate and tell them to cease chasing for it. Point out the little he had was spent on the funeral and there are no other funds.
. Sorry for your loss and I hope it's resolved easily.

SheldonsSpot Sat 24-Sep-16 13:40:17

Write back enclosing a copy of the death certificate and say there is no estate.

VimFuego101 Sat 24-Sep-16 13:54:49

No, don't pay it. If there is no money in the estate then they just have to write it off.

MrsHulk Sat 24-Sep-16 13:56:57

Just write back saying the person they are claiming from is deceased. You can enclose a copy of the death certificate if you have one, or you can tell them the date of death and they can look it up themselves to get confirmation.

Technically you should have made sure all debts were paid before spending money from the estate on the funeral, but in practice (with such a small estate) that's almost impossible.

The amounts involved here are so small that the council etc are not going to bother pursuing them, they'll just write it off.

prh47bridge Sat 24-Sep-16 15:05:27

Technically you should have made sure all debts were paid before spending money from the estate on the funeral

That's wrong. Unsecured creditors such as the local council, the government, utilities, etc. only get paid if there is money left in the estate after paying off secured creditors (e.g. mortgage), funeral expenses and the costs of administering the estate.

MrsHulk Sat 24-Sep-16 16:25:04

Ah that's interesting, didn't know that.

AndWhat Sun 25-Sep-16 08:52:50

As pp said just write back stating no estate. We had letters like this after MIL died.
With the first one we were so annoyed but by the 3/4 company we realised they were automatic bills expecting funds from an estate.
They all got cancelled once they were told there was no money.

happystory Sun 25-Sep-16 08:56:11

Don't pay a penny. I had exactly this with my father (also long time estranged) he left debts and had no money. We just advised them that and never heard a word. Your Dh must not let this hang over him, he needs to be able to move on now. I feel for him.

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