Am I responsible for the bills owed by my deceased husband? 3 Answers as of February 07, 2011

My husband just passed away. There were several medical bills in his name and a parent/student loan. As his wife, am I responsible to pay those? Thanks.

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In California, the estate would be responsible for the decedent's bills. Medical bills may, and last illness expenses are given a priority. If there is a probate, all creditors must be given notice and an opportunity to make a claim. If the decedent estate is administered in a trust, you must still give notice to creditors, state agencies etc. As to the student loans, were they taken out during your marriage or before? It makes a difference. Student loans collectors are very aggressive, you should consult with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
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