My Spouse Passed Away, Am I Obligated to Pay off his Credit Card Debts?

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“My husband died recently and I discovered he had credit cards, with debt, in his name only. Am I, as his widow, obligated to pay his credit card debt? Thank you.”

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In most states, probably yes. The debts incurred by either spouse during marriage are generally adjudged to be marital debts. The creditors can pursue either of you jointly or severally, and also make a claim against his estate.



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