My Dad married a woman at age 82, they have a pre nup and no community property. Is my Dad responsible for her medical bills .

Asked over 1 year ago - Austin, TX

Will my Dads wealth have a effect on Medicaid for her. She has nothing.

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  1. Theresa Cay Langford

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    Answered . During her lifetime, he is responsible for her medical bills, as they are necessaries. At her death, only her estate is liable for her bills. Her estate may or may not include some of your dad's wealth - that will depend upon the probate status at the time. I cannot answer your question regarding Medicaid, but will add a question tag regarding elder law to reach attorneys in that field.

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  2. Fran Brochstein

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    Answered . This area of the law is very technical and tricky. I recommend that you consult with an elder law attorney in your county. Quite frankly, sometimes people divorce due to medical bills. In my litigation career, I've done several of these type of divorces.

  3. Lawrence A Friedman

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    Answered . In many states spouses are responsible for one another's necessities like medical bills regardless of pre nup. Spouses' assets count against one another regardless of prenup when applying for Medicaid. An elder law attorney can advise on planning options.

    Lawrence Friedman, Bridgewater, NJ. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the ABA approved National Elder Law Foundation, former Chair NJ State Bar Association Elder and Disabilities Law Section, Member Board of Consultors of NJSBA Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section, Vice Chair Special Needs Law Section of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from N.Y.U. School of Law. Visit for articles and Q&A on elder law, special needs, wills, trusts, estates, and tax. Visit and subscribe for free timely updates to be delivered to your inbox. Information on both Avvo and does not constitute legal advice, as it is general in nature and may not apply to your situation or be subject to important changes. No attorney client relationship exists unless set forth in written engagement terms.

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