Sorry to hear about your mother's passing.
Unless your name appears in those obligations, a child is not responsible for mom's debts. As the executor and since there is a will you are obligated to do probate
. Now if the total of the estate
is valued at $25,000 (not including real estate) you can transfer the estate by filing a small estate affidavit. From the information provided the estate appears to be greater $50,000, so formal probate would be necessary.
The probate process varies and would depend on the county she lived in when she died.
As to your obligations you essentially are responsible to provide notices of mom's death to her creditors, file the petition for probate and get court orders appointing you the executor. Again you get these forms through the court clerk or there are self-help books which can guide you through the process. You are also responsible for paying any taxes and doing a final accounting before any balance of the estate is distributed to the heirs
. Below is the TN codes regarding the administration
of an estate.
| ||Title 30 |
Administration of Estates
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