My mother passed away in January and had no will. She had no real estate and few possessions (mostly clothes, books, and dishes). She owned a car and had a bank account with a small balance (< $1,000). She had a lot of unsecured debt (credit card debt of $18,000) and medical bills from the day she died. I'm considering filing to become her personal representative so that I can transfer possession of her car to my sister and close the bank account, but I'm worried about the responsibilities that the role carries, especially given the amount of debt she had. What are my next steps and what do I have to worry about? What do I have to include in the "inventory" of estate assets (is it item-by-item clothing and books, or generalized or moot because she had so little)?
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