Am I responsible for my deceased husbands medical bills? 7 Answers as of August 16, 2011

Am I responsible for my deceased husband's medical bills not covered by insurance (all in his name, I'm not on any medical records or bills)?

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Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr.
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr. | John C. Farrell, Jr.
You personally are not responsible but your husband's estate may be responsible. In MAa creditor has 1 year after the notification of the death to file a claim against the estate.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 8/16/2011
Burnham & Associates
Burnham & Associates | Stephanie K. Burnham
It will depend on whether or not these were the medical bills that had to do with your spouses last illness before passing. There is a doctrine of necessities that could cause you to be obligated to pay. However, they would have to sue you for that.
Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
Replied: 8/11/2011
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A.
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. | Laurie E. Ohall
Currently, a Florida spouse is not responsible for the deceased spouse's medical bills (so long as you do did not sign anything to guarantee payment or to make you the responsible party). A deceased spouse's bills become part of his estate - if a probate is opened, the creditors will have an opportunity to file a claim against the estate. If there is no probate, the creditors are, essentially, out of luck.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/11/2011
Ashman Law Office
Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
No. But you cannot generally take any of his estate until the bills are paid, as creditors come before your inheritance.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/11/2011
The Schreiber Law Firm
The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
No, but his estate would be. If you are in California, one half of all assets owned by the two of you is part of his estate.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/11/2011
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