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#1 cs_bluecat


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

if there is no will, estate, or money to pay bills in their name only, do I have to pay? I am in Tennessee.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:13 AM

You may want to visit the Estate Planning Center and read Debts After Death as a good resource to learn more about this subject matter.

#3 Fallen


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

If the bill is in the person's name alone, no, there's no reason to believe you're legally obligated to pay the debt. (Please note that even if this person only had clothes and other small items of personal property, that counts as an "estate"; however, no average creditor would go to the trouble of trying to pursue liquidation of such things since funeral/final and estate admin expenses would take priority over other debts.

I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics.  If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable.  Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.  :)

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

if there is no will, estate, or money to pay bills in their name only, do I have to pay?

I assume you're asking whether you are personally liable for bills in your deceased spouse's name. If so, the answer depends on the nature of each bill. I suggest you consult with a local estate/probate lawyer about this.

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