You get the letter because you are a representative of the estate. The estate has a debt registered with us. Meaning, it is the estate and not you who has debts with us.
What to do if there are assets
What happens if you do not pay
We investigate what assets the estate has, if you as beneficiaries of the estate do not pay the debt. The debt can be paid by, for example, attaching
- movable property, such as money, a car, or a claim (for example, the estate’s tax refund)
- real estate, such as a residence.
If there are several beneficiaries of the estate, it is important that everyone signs the acknowledgement of receipt if attachment has occurred. If there is an estate administrator representing the estate, not all beneficiaries of the estate need to sign.
The estate lacks assets
If the estate lacks assets, you don't have to personally pay the debts.
If there is anything left
Assets left over after the estate's debts have been paid will go to you and the other beneficiaries of the estate. If there are several beneficiaries of the estate, you divide the assets through a so-called distribution of an estate.
You don't inherit debt
Under Swedish law, you don't inherit debt. If you live abroad, you need to know that the EU introduced a new regulation in 2015. It states it is the law of the country you live in that governs. You can find more information about inheritance law in the EU at the European e-Justice Portal.
Swedish Tax Agency:
European e-Justice Portal: