Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Single Moms Single Moms

LEGAL HELP PLEASE (Would a spouse be responsible to pay decease husband debt)

Posted by   + Show Post
My mom husband pass she is seperated from him but legally married would she be responsible to pay his bills since she is his widow and could they take a income taxes for Bills that he owed.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Replies (11-16):
singlemom1208
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM
1 mom liked this
Yep. She's legally responsible since they were legally married.
Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
Andrewsmom70
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
If he had life insurance that's partially what it's for- to help pay debts. But yes, especially if she's beneficiary to his insurance and if he left most of his things to her in his will.
Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
fireangels2
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:28 AM

It sometimes does vary from state to state and also what the bills are for but most likely she will have to pay them, even with them being separated and mailing them back won't matter, they will most likely still come after her.

 The guy I have been with for 3 1/2 years lost his wife from diabetes 4 years ago. They were separated twice within 18 months before she passed away. During that time she racked up some big bills including medical bills because she wasn't covered on his insurance when she had moved out. ( both times it was about 6 months each, they were only married for 4 years total) After she passed away he just sent the letters back or ignored them as they were in her name or because he was already overloaded with debt from lost wages and trying to get back on his feet from the loss. After about a year these places (mainly the med. bills) got judgements and had his account frozen for the money that was due even though her name was never on his account, they still went after him for the money.

Safe bet, depending on how much total is owed, either consult a lawyer (maybe file for bankruptcy), or contact the places and see if a payment arrangement can be worked out.

Sorry if this is too much but this is just what I know from a personal experience. After watching him struggle through everything, I am so sorry for where your mom is at. Good luck to her and I hope she can find the help she needs.

VADIVA23
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM
He didn't leave her anything when she left him he change his life insurance policy we found that out on Monday she don't have any money her name is on the deed so the house is legally hers would she be responsible for taxes owed on the property.


Quoting Andrewsmom70:

If he had life insurance that's partially what it's for- to help pay debts. But yes, especially if she's beneficiary to his insurance and if he left most of his things to her in his will.

Posted on the NEW CafeMom Mobile
Mrs.Sells
by on Nov. 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

His name is on the house too, which makes it an asset. They can take the house if they wanted to. And yes she is responsibly for the taxes. 

Quoting VADIVA23:

He didn't leave her anything when she left him he change his life insurance policy we found that out on Monday she don't have any money her name is on the deed so the house is legally hers would she be responsible for taxes owed on the property.


Quoting Andrewsmom70:

If he had life insurance that's partially what it's for- to help pay debts. But yes, especially if she's beneficiary to his insurance and if he left most of his things to her in his will.


beach40
by on Nov. 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM


Quoting tyfry7496:

Only if the bills wherein BOTH their names. If they're just in hers, write DECEASED and send them back.


She needs to have the courts set up an estate as well, it will take the libility off her and place it on the estate.   If bills are in his solely like tyfry said, write deceased on the bills and return them or she can send in a copy of the death certificate.   Many companies require proof of death to cease the calls and letters.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN