How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Megan C Your Own Question
Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 16547
Experience:  Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
23669918
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Megan C is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

If 1 of 3 brothers received a loan of $34,000 shouldn't the

Customer Question

if 1 of 3 brothers received a loan of $34,000 shouldn't the other 2 get $34,000 before the estate is settled after death
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question --- this is definitely a difficult situation, and one I am sure is emotionally charged. The death of loved ones is a hard time, and money disagreements can compound that.

The answer to your question depends on how the estate is set up --- what the will says, how it reads, etc. The timing of the loan, and the loan agreement terms could come into play as well.

In a situation where there are three beneficiaries who are to split everything equally and the loan was made after the death of the decedent then yes --- what you are saying would be true. Everyone else would get $34,000 first and then split the remainder. However, it could be more complicated than that --- take all your documents to an estate attorney licensed in the state where the estate is located for an opinion

Please let me know if you need anything additional. If not, please rate positive so that I may receive credit for assisting you today.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There was no will this was a loan, to stop a fore closer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the loan was made before my mother pass
Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Was it made prior to the death of the decedent? If so, then it doesn't matter -- if the estate and the executor made the loan, then yes -- you would need to factor that in as a distribution to that heir when considering other beneficiaries if the loan was not paid back.

I wish I had better news. Please don't forget to rate once your questions have been answered.

Expert:  Megan C replied 1 year ago.

Just got your second part --- if the loan was made before your mom passed away, then it doesn't matter, unfortunately -- especially if it was no documentation on the loan.

Related Tax Questions