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You and your deceased's partner's estate are liable for the partnership debts up to the date the partnership ceased on his death. if you become bankrupt and there is a surplus after the sale of the building after all debts and fees have been paid then the balance would be paid to you and to his estate. You should not do this if there is a prospect of selling the building and certainly not if you have other assets. At this stage I would write to all creditors saying that the business has ceased following your partner's death and that the business is being wound up with a view to repaying all creditors in full. That would hopefully buy you some time and you can concentrate of the sale of the building. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.