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As Atttorney, your duty to act on behalf of your Mother ceased on her death. You therefore have no responsibility whatsoever to repay any of her debts.
Upon your Mother's death, the responsibility to clear any debts sits with her Executor (if she had made a Will) or her Administrator (if she had not left a Will). However, the Executor/Administrator is not personally liable for her debts and is only under a duty to pay the debts if there are sufficient assets in her Estate to pay them. Therefore, if she did not leave enough cash to pay all her debts, the debts die with your Mother and the appropriate Institutions should be notified that ther eis not enough money to discharge their debt.
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Thank you so much, firstly for your swift reply and secondly for your clarity. This is what I thought, but I really needed to know that this is legal fact. I am putting together a complaint against the local council who are hounding me, indeed threatening me, over money they say my mother owed. Is there a statute or a clear piece of law I could quote them to which you have referred in your answer to me?
Thanks for your kind reply.
There is no case law as such- it is common law, which states that if there is insufficient funds in a prson's Estate to pay all the debts, the Estate is classed as an insolvent Estate, and in such circumstances, the debt(s) is not repayable by any third party.
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Hi again Al,
Thanks very much for this, it does indeed help and gives me everything I need.
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