What happens when someone passes in a nursing home,on Medicaid,no family that wants anything to do with you, no will and fully in charge of all their own decisions at the time of death? Everything they own fits in an old car. What happens now? How do you handle disposal of their personal items? Who is allowed to possess the final items and the bills?
Generally speaking, absent a will, the possessions of a deceased person go to their closest relative. If no heir steps up to claim them, they go to the state.
First, I am sorry for that deceased person. Something that has been discussed before in MTN is that, with few exceptions, debts like credit card debt owed by the deceased are effectively wiped out. If a car loan exists, the lender will repossess unless the loan is paid, similarly the mortgage on any property, or property taxes unpaid may trigger a tax sale.
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