Dealing with Debt

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Question: My husband died in Nov. and I am living only on Social Security. His hospital bills are now coming in. Am I, by law, obligated to pay them???

Answer: Social security  is federally protected income.  It does not have to be used to pay this debt

Hospital bills are typically a debt of the "community." Therefore there may be some responsibilty on the part of the non-deceased spouse to pay them. Most medical providers will either discount or forgive the debt if the spouse can show that he or she has no means to pay the bills and that there are no assets subject to probate.

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  • My husband died in Nov. and I am living only on Social Security. His hospital bills are now coming in. Am I, by law, obligated to pay them???

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