What debt is paid by deceased estate?
The estate has to pay off all of the debts of the deceased if possible. If the estate doesn't have the assets to do so, they distribute as best they can. If the court signs off on the distribution, the debts are ended.
You are the successor trustee of your deceased mother's estate in California Are you responsible for her credit card debt?
No, you are not PERSONALLY liable for your mother's debts. Debts of the deceased are paid from the estate, so as the Trustee for that estate, you would have to see that the debts are paid from the estate. Creditors must file a claim against the estate to be paid, and state laws dictate the time limit for filing such claims.