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My 40 years old daughter (divorced, no children) passed away

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My 40 years old daughter (divorced, no children) passed away a few months ago/survivors are me,her brother,sister in law & nephews).As per what she would let her family know during casual conversations, she had no will.At time of death she was working freelance,no benefits & not aware if she had any benefits from previous jobs. Even if she did,we are not interested & are not going to look for any benefits.Her possessions from her apt. were disposed off by the landlord & in that emotional state I had given my address to post office to forward her mail & thus I found out about her credit cards debts of approx 25K total.As a courtesy I mailed death certificate copies to creditors.Now I am questioned if I am representative of decedent's estate.I am retired & do not have funds to hire attorney.Am I legally obligated to answer their questions or fill out Estate Status form they have sent addressed to estate of (my daughter's name)?Many years ago,I had started a joint checking acct. with her to help with her expenses.There was no deposit made by her in that acct,but she was allowed & she used funds as needed from there.The left over funds of less than 5K, I used to pay for funeral expense & (do not know why I did it after her passing), but I paid her 2015 state tax. (She had requested my help with taxes in start of this year & I had paid her federal taxes a few days before her passing. Now how can I stay out of any further follow up with her creditors?I am Chicago, Il resident and will highly appreciate your advice.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Good evening. I am Loren, an Illinois licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you. My condolences for your loss.

Have you signed anything agreeing to be liable for her debts?

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

You have no legal obligation to do anything. You do not have to involve yourself in probate or have any dealings with her creditors. You have no personal liability for her debts unless you have signed something agreeing to be so liable.

Otherwise, you can ignore any requests from the creditors.

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Did you have further questions? Have I answered your question?

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

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