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My bro passed away, leaving no will. He had a $10,000 life insurance policy, $60,000 invested w/ Fidelity investments, a small house w/ a $30,000 mortgage (approx value of house $70,000). It will all go to our mom. My question is this. He also has a number ofcredit card debts, probably totalling $50,000. No judgements, just collection agencies. What can they touch; or in other words, how do I settle those debts at the least expense to my mom? Can they force the sale of his Fidelity investments? The house? Do you think I can negotiate a one time cash payout to them that is lower than the actual amount they are owed? Can someone steer me towards a good free advisor?

Thanks, deb

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