Oct 31, 2016 - 10:39 AM
I am not a lawyer, but had Power of Attorney (and later became executor). Power of attorney means that you can legally act on behalf of the subject in areas described in the power of attorney document while the subject is incapacitated. Furthermore, the forms I had to fill out stated clearly that the POA stopped automatically with the death of the subject. The duties you described pertain to being an Executor of the estate. In my case, I had agreed to be executor, and was listed as such in the will. As executor, it was my job to ARRANGE for the payment of all debts out of the assets of the estate. If there are not sufficient assets, you are not responsible for paying bills yourself . I would suggest contacting a lawyer in case there is not enough money in the estate, since law suits against the estate are a good possibility.
In your role as child of the deceased, you may or may not be responsible for some debt. Since there is a pension and social security, you may have to worry about income taxes. Again, you may need to consult an attorney or tax consultant.