Is a widow still responsible for medical debt incurred by their deceased husband?

The Mayo Clinic wants my mother to pay for all the medical expenses are my deceased father’s illnesses. However, there is nothing left in the estate.

Asked on August 31, 2018 under Estate Planning, Florida


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, she is not. The only liability that a spouse has for their deceased spouse's debts if if they agree in writing to be liable for them or the bills in question are in both of their names. However, the deceased's estate will be liable for such debts.

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