I have an aunt that died without a will and with a large amount of credit card debt. She lived in Illinois before her death. Before she passed away, I physically took care of her and paid a large amount of her final expenses (food, medicine, some funeral expenses, etc). I kept all the receipts and the amount of money I spent is very large.
Her property is going to be sold and I'm worried about how the money gets split up to her debt-holders. Does a court just divide your portion of the debt by the total debt and give you that percentage of the actual remaining money or do they tackle the debt-holders in an order where they settle debt A first, then debt B, then C, etc. where the final debt holders may not be paid if the money runs out?