Can family members that are about to die, put there debts in wills for others to pay?

Can a family member put a debt of say like k in a will and make another family member he/she hates pay the debt when he/she dies? Like can a family member force another family member to pay up a k that the dieing family member owes?
And by forcing them, I mean by through a will. Or can it not be done in a will.

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    7 Responses to Can family members that are about to die, put there debts in wills for others to pay?

    1. Randy B says:

      Nope, any personal debts are the responsability of the estate of the person who died…UNLESS the debt was shared.

      For example, if your father was $50k in debt and he (God forbid) passed away. That debt would be paid, as much as possible, from his estate. Now if, for example, that $50k debt was in both your names (say, you both owned a home and were named in the mortgage) then that debt would be left to you to pay unless it was somehow ensured.

      If there is no money (or assets to be sold off for money) in the estate to pay off the debt then the debt is just discharged and written off.

    2. Paula says:

      You can put it in the will, but you cannot make them pay it.

      The deceased’s estate is liable for paying all debts.

    3. Caoedhen says:


    4. bob Urmom says:

      hm.. no.

    5. LadyB says:

      You can put whatever you want into your will, but not everything will be legal.

      If it were, I’d put George W. Bush in MY WILL!!!

    6. J M says:

      Debtors can, and will go after whoever gets the estate to settle the debt. That includes relatives, even if they didn’t inherit anything.

    7. leegleze says:

      All debts of the deceased are paid by the estate (whatever assets he/she leaves behind are liquidated to pay the debts) BEFORE any benefits are distributed. It may be put in the Will, but it cannot be enforced unless the debt was originally incurred by the beneficiary ordered to pay it.

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