Am I liable for my late wife’s credit card bill?

UPDATED: Sep 28, 2013

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Am I liable for my late wife’s credit card bill?

My wife had a credit card in her name only before we got married. Now, she just passed away and had a balance on her card. It was issued to her through a checking/savings account that was set up after we got married. Today I tried to close the account and they refused due to her card having a substancial balance. I do not wish to have an account there nor do I want to pay for the balance on her credit card. Shouldn’t I be able to close the account and not be responsable for her credit card (in her name only). They say that in order to have a credit card there you have to have an account. They state the card would first have to be paid off in order to completely close the account.

Asked on September 28, 2013 under Bankruptcy Law, Iowa


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this cuntry the credit card debt that your late spouse incurred before marriage would be her estate's sole responsibility to pay off and not your responsibility. I would get her estate probated and see if the credit card company makes a claim as to it for monies owed.

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