town car/property taxes

by Sharon

Is the widow responsible for her deceased husband's old town car taxes that were not paid?

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May 21, 2012
town car/property taxes

I am not sure what you are referring to when you ask if as a widow you are responsible for your deceased husband's unpaid "old town car taxes." Not clear what that debt is exactly.

Generally, you are not responsible for any of your husband's unpaid debts because CT is a separate property state. There is an exception however. If any of that debt is joint debt -- debt you and your husband both signed for -- then you would be responsible for paying it. Also, if some of the unpaid debt is unpaid property taxes (I get the impression it may be from the title of your question.) and you are living in the residence for which the taxes were not paid and you want to continue living there, then the taxes either need to be paid out of your husband's estate, which should happen during the probate process, or you will need to find a way to pay them. Otherwise, the taxing authority will put a lien on the property and foreclose on the residence eventually.

For more information on when a relative is or is not responsible for the debts a deceased person leaves behind, read deceased person’s debt FAQ.

If you have any questions regarding your situation, I recommend that you consult with a consumer law attorney who helps consumers resolve their debt collection problems or with a probate law attorney in your area.

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