In the death of a spouse is the surviving spouse obligated to pay off credit cards that where in the deceased name souly

Mother in law died 4 weeks ago is my
father in law required to pay off
credit cards that her name only where
on them

Asked on March 5, 2017 under Estate Planning, North Dakota

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since ND is not a cmmunity property state and the cards were in your MIL's name only, unless your FIL expressly agreed to be held liable for these credit cards (which you did not indicate), then he bears no responsibiltiy to pay them off. That having been said, the assets of your MIL's estate will be used for paying these debts.


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