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Debt in Poland - inheritance after relative death?

9 Jun 2018 #1
I wonder if someone can help me, we was informed last week that my wifes mums uncle had died and he has alot of debt, we have been told to fly to Poland and sign these forms to decline the debt, im English and my wife is Polish, she has lived here for 12 years and we have a 11month old daughter, we have been told that my partners daughter and son must also go to Poland, and that our baby who has a UK passport may also inherit this debt, my wife has never met this person!! now i dont understand Polish law but how can Polish law be aplied in England, we have only recieved information by word of mouth, surely we would have to recieve a letter from Poland to tell us that he has died and what we need to do ? My wifes sister is panicking telling us to fly to Poland and to sort this out, any help would be greatly recieved thanks
9 Jun 2018 #2
Who did tell you that? Probably it is a fraud.
jgrabner 1 | 76
9 Jun 2018 #3
in the past, it was indeed the case that if you did not declare in the first six months of inheriting debt that you do not want it, that you were liable for the debts of the deceased to 100%. But since 2017, the new law limits the liability to what is valuable in the inheritance meaning that the worst case is that you get zero, but they cannot come after you for anything more. Nevertheless, it might we wise to consult an attorney, because there are some caveats in connection with mortgages.

You might want to read: in polish.
kaprys 3 | 2,286
9 Jun 2018 #4
If he really had a debt she may 'inherit' it. You have six months to decline his inheritance (zrzec siÄ™ spadku) after his death. If he had any other closer relatives who have already done it, the bank will look for any other heirs. Do it on behalf of your daughter, too.

A friend of mine got an official letter to pay her uncle's debts just last month. He died years ago and they found her now. She didn't even know he had had debts.
OP Monytorgan
10 Jun 2018 #5
Thank you all for replying, the man that has unfortunately died was her great Uncle, how can you pick up someones debt if you have not recieved a solicitors letter? Surely you can only pick up the debt if you are named in a Will, to my knowledge there was no Will, and when ive asked how much the debt it we are told its a secret, none of this makes any sense to me
terri 1 | 1,664
10 Jun 2018 #6
You may be liable for the debt if they can find you. If other relatives had already said that they decline their inheritance and they know your address in the Uk the authorities will come for you. Someone has to pay the debts, and you as the only relative who has not declined the inheritance will be liable.
22 Oct 2018 #7
My wife is in the same situation. We found out her uncle whom she never met passed away about a year and a half ago. My wife's mom had her fill out all the proper paperwork to deny the debt soon after (Polish consulate was in town). We thought everything was good to go but this past weekend were informed that there is a new lawsuit and that we had to provide our marriage certificate.(we were just engaged at the time of the first round of paperwork)

We live in the United States and my wife was born in Austria and moved here when she was a baby.

I don't understand what is the point of declining the debt the first time if we are now being brought into this mess again. I don't understand how they can come after a distant cousin who didn't even know the guy and was never even a citizen of the country he lived in????? This whole process is backwards and doesn't even seem real. At this point my name is being brought into it as it appears on the document being provided. Who is to say they won't come after me with their backwards third world laws????
4 Jun 2022 #8
my wife lives in Canada for 40 years now, Her mother lives in Poland and died with alot of debt. Is there any issues for my wife
pawian 191 | 19,239
4 Jun 2022 #9
Is there any issues for my wife

Did her mother leave a will naming any heirs, especially your wife? Then she`d (your wife, not her mother) better notify the Polish court she doesn`t accept the inheritance. Just in case, to avoid any problems in the future.

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