In Pennsylvania is the surviving spouse responsible for debts of deceased spouse that were in the deceased name only ?

Asked over 1 year ago - Middleburg, PA

In Pennsylvania if a spouse dies and has bills & a leased car in their name only is the surviving spouse responsible for these ?
What if there is not enough money in the estate to pay such bills?

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  1. Celia R Reed

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The surviving spouse may be responsible for the medical expenses, such as emergency care provided before death, and any debts that she co-signed on. Depending on the nature of the debt, the spouse may or may not be liable for these payments if the estate cannot pay them.

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  2. Robert C. Keller

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Ms. Reed has it right. Consult with an Estate attorney to determine in detain your obligations.

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There are different types of debt, but all involve one person (the debtor) owing money to another (the creditor). Terms of repayment are governed by a contract.

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