Q: I have been named as executor in my mother’s will. Am I responsible for paying her debts?

You are not responsible for paying your mother’s debts. They are her debts and not yours. There is a priority of how debts are to be paid out in estates as follows:

a) Funeral Expenses

b) Executor Expenses (including legal and accounting fees)

c) Canada Revenue Agency income taxes

d) Any amounts owing to child and spousal support payments

e) Any secured debts (mortgages or secured lines of credit); and

f) Any unsecured debts.. including credit cards, unsecured lines of credits, or other unsecured creditors.

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