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Washington state is a community property state, in most instances a surviving spouse is responsible for the deceased spouse's debts depending upon the nature of the debt and how the deceased's estate is handled under state probate laws.

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Washington is a community property state and the surviving spouse can be held accountable for the deceased spouse's debts depending upon the status of the deceased personal holdings/property.


The estate is responsible for all the debts of the deceased in New Mexico. The spouse will only inherit what is left after the debts are resolved.


Alabama is not a community property state, the surviving spouse is not responsible for creditor debt unless he or she was a joint account holder.


In Pennsylvania, the surviving spouse, or whoever is listed in the will as beneficiary, is responsible for medical bills. Any debt incurred would be owed by the living spouse.


Indirectly, the spouse is going to pay the debts, either by a smaller inheritance or as a beneficiary of the goods and services purchased by the spouse. The estate of the deceased is responsible for the debts.


The estate is responsible for all the debts of the deceased. Indirectly the spouse will have to pay them off from the estate before she can inherit.


No, New Jersey is not a community property state, therefore the surviving spouse is not responsible for debts that were solely incurred by a deceased spouse.


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The spouse indirectly will pay, as they cannot inherit until they are resolved. In Maryland the estate is responsible.


In North Carolina the estate is responsible. The spouse indirectly will pay, as they cannot inherit until they are resolved.


In Kentucky the estate of the deceased is primarily responsible for the debts. Indirectly, the spouse is going to pay the debts, either by a smaller inheritance or as a beneficiary of the goods and services purchased by the spouse.


While the estate has primary responsibility, in most cases the surviving spouse will be held responsible. They are assumed to have benefited from to goods and services.


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Depends on the state you live in. * If the married couple resided in a community property state the surviving spouse might be held accountable for the debt even though the loan was only in the name of the deceased spouse. In all other states the surviving spouse is not responsible for debt that is incurred solely by a living or deceased spouse.


In Oklahoma, the deceased's estate is responsible. The spouse can be held as a beneficiary of the costs and by inheriting less from the estate.



If the person was still legally married to the deceased he or she is still considered a "surviving spouse". However, the extent to which claims are made upon the estate of the deceased or the responsibility of the surviving spouse for debts owed by the deceased is determined by state laws and/or the probate court.


The surviving spouse has legal rights regardless of whether he/she remarries after the death of his/her spouse.


In every state, the estate is responsible for the debts of the deceased. Only after they are resolved can the estate be closed any remainder distributed.


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If the account was joint then the surviving spouse is responsible for the debt. If the account was held solely by the deceased spouse the surviving spouse is NOT responsible for the debt and is not legally obligated to repay such nor to correspond with the creditor or collector. If the surviving spouse so chooses he or she may inform the collector that the account holder is deceased and also inform the collector that they should "cease and desist" all contact with the family. Florida is not a community property state. Marital property is generally treated as Tenancy By The Entirety, which makes it immune to creditor action if only one spouse is the debtor.



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