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Am I responsible to pay off the debts of my deceased spouse?

In most cases you will not be responsible to pay off your spouse’s debts.  There are some exceptions and these vary by state. For example, you may be responsible for a debt if you co-signed the loan or credit agreement of if you live in a community property state.

If you have questions about whether you are legally obligated to pay a deceased person's debts from your own assets, you should talk to a lawyer familiar with your state’s probate laws.

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