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Eric Green
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Mary Jo, the estate would be opened and the IRS is another creditor. The estate will get settled – his assets minus his liabilities, including the IRS, which is secured because of its lien. This should be taken care of through the probate process, and I agree with James that it has to be handled properly but she should not be on the hook for the taxes. What may happen if she wants the house is she might have to refinance and pay to clear the IRS’s interest.