I was the guardian for my cousin who died recently due to Alzheimer's. I had to move him out of his house 4+ years ago. He was in bad shape financially so I had to turn over the house to the lender and also tell his credit union that he could not pay back his credit card and line of credit because it took all of his monthly income to pay his living expenses. They never bothered me about because they knew what was going on.
Now I am his executor. When he died, there was a couple of thousand dollars in his estate due to the timing of his Social Security and pension and some tax refunds. The statute of limitations on the debt has expired in the state he resided in (3 years). My question, which I have searched all over for an answer is this - does his estate still responsible for paying the debt (to the extent it can) or is the money free and clear due to the statue of limitations expiring. I spent several thousand dollars providing care for him on my own and it would be nice to get at least some of it back. But I want to do the right thing. So do I need to pay what I can of this old debt? Thanks to anyone who can answer this.