Am I still responsible for wife's medical bills if I have a discharged bankruptcy? 12 Answers as of October 31, 2013

Collectors are calling, both the hospital and collector were listed but the amount owed is different from what was on the paperwork, she is long out of state. Any info would be helpful, thanks.

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Law Office of Thomas C. Phipps | Thomas C Phipps
If you listed the creditors and they received notice, the debts should be discharged.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 10/31/2013
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
Assuming you listed them and they were discharged, you do not owe them. The debt collectors should not be contacting you if you discharged them.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 9/16/2013
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
If they were given notice then the amount is irrelevant.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/16/2013
Law Office of Lynnmarie A. Johnson
Law Office of Lynnmarie A. Johnson | Lynnmarie Johnson
Did you discharge the bills in your bankruptcy? Generally you would not be responsible for her bills anyway unless you signed to take them on (or guaranteed them). If you listed them, even if the amounts are different, tell them your case number, that they were listed on Schedule F, and to stop contacting you, or you'll have your lawyer take them to Court for violating the Discharge Order.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/16/2013
Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
Pre bankruptcy medical bills scheduled are discharged. Respond to the bills with your bankruptcy case information.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/16/2013
    The Law Offices of Deborah Ann Stencel | Deborah A. Stencel
    If you have a bankruptcy attorney, please call him or her. The general rule is if the debt was incurred before the bankruptcy filing, the debt is discharged.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 9/16/2013
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Marjorie Guymon
    If you listed the medical debts in your bankruptcy then regardless of the amount of the debt you are no longer liable to pay it. If your wife did not file bankruptcy she is still liable for payment. If the medical debt was incurred after the date of the bankruptcy filing then you are potentially liable depending on what state law is in effect. I say this because you stated she resides out-of-state.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/16/2013
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    You are not liable for the preparation medical bills. If they are trying to collect on these, see a lawyer about going after them for violating the discharge injunction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/16/2013
    Deborah F Bowinski, Attorney & Counselor at Law | Debby Bowinski
    If the bills were for services prior to the filing date of your bankruptcy case then they should not be contacting you. Give them your bankruptcy case number and filing date and tell them not to contact you. If they call again then hire an attorney and go after them for violating the discharge order.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/13/2013
    Marc S. Stern
    Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
    If they were pre-petition - no. If they were post-petition, probably yes.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/13/2013
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law | Charles Ross Smith III
    You are not responsible for your wife's medical bills that are dated before you filed bankruptcy. It does not matter if the biller changes the amount. It probably does not even matter if the biller was not actually listed on the petition, as long as you did not have to turn in any assets to the bankruptcy trustee. Your wife's location may also be relevant to your liability for her medical bills. Community property states are vry strange. But sadly, you are responsible for your wife's necessary medical bills that are for services used after the bankruptcy was filed. That will be true, in Ohio, as long as she is married to you. Your wife's location may be relevant to your liability for her medical bills, depending on what state she ends up in.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/13/2013
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    Without knowing when your wife incurred these medical bills, I cannot say whether or not you are responsible for paying them. If the bills were incurred before you filed bankruptcy, you are not responsible to pay them. You may want to send the creditors a copy of the discharge paperwork.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/13/2013
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