Life Insurance

Does the beneficiary have to pay bills left by the insured?


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2009-10-26 07:19:17
2009-10-26 07:19:17
Beneficiary's obligation

The beneficiary has no legal obligation to pay the bills solely in the name of the insured.


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Indirectly she will pay for the bills. It is the responsibility of the estate to pay the bills and she will inherit whatever is left over.

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