Do I Have to Pay My Dead Spouse’s Medical Bills?

From the Newark Star Ledger:

Q. When a person dies in New Jersey, is the spouse responsible for the medical bills?

A. There are some things a spouse might be responsible to pay, and others for which the spouse is not responsible.

It all depends on the details.

Spouses are not generally responsible for each other’s debt unless they sign paperwork agreeing to pay, such as a guarantor, said Yale Hauptman, an estate planning attorney with Hauptman and Hauptman in Livingston.

For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.