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What are your options if your husband died and there is no money to pay off credit cards?

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Answered 2006-08-10 02:35:36

A deceased person's debts and assets are handled according to the probate laws of the state where the person resided. If the married couple resided in a community property state the surviving spouse may be responsible for debts of the deceased spouse even if said debts were solely made. If the married couple resided in a non community property state the surviving spouse is not responsible for debts solely incurred by the deceased spouse. If he was the only signer, then you need to talk to the lender and find out where to send a "certified death certificate". This should take care of the account as the lender will show this as a loss. If you are signed on the application with him--then you have 2 options. 1. You will have to pay, as the accounts will have to be paid off or it will affect your credit; or 2. you file bankruptcy because you do not have the capacity to pay the accounts. I am sorry for your loss--good luck.

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