If my father passed away recently, am I responsible for his medical bills and credit card debt?

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If my father passed away recently, am I responsible for his medical bills and credit card debt?

I am the only child. Home is in a trust and I am now about to sell home.

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Estate Planning, Virginia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your father.

You are not liable for your father's medical bills or credit card debt.  Some collection agencies might tell you that there is a moral obligation to pay these debts.  Don't listen to that.  You are not liable for your father's debts.

However, it is possible that creditors could sue your father's estate to try to recover what they are owed.


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