medical bills

by Lula

Is surviving spouse responsible for deceasead husband medical bills, if he/she signed to receive treatment, because patient unable to sign.

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Nov 06, 2012
Deceased Husbands Medical Bills
by: Lisa C

I see your response to Lulu about the above mentioned subject.
Is this true for all states? I reside in Missouri. A collection Agency sent bills in my named and the letter started off with "This information is as per your request of information"
I have not notified or ever talked to them before today when they called and told me I was not allowed to talk, I just had to listen. I hung up on the very rude person. Plus I was at work.
How should I handle the bill collectors for my deceased husbands medical bills? All I have ever signed was permission to perform tests or do procedures when he was not able to sign.

Lisa: The information we provided Lulu is true for your state as well. If you are sure that you are not legally obligated to pay your husband's medical bills -- that you did not sign any paperwork agreeing to be responsible for them -- then you should write a letter to the debt collectors who are contacting you letting them know that you do not want to be contacted about the debt again. Make a copy for your files and mail the letter certified mail with a return receipt requested. The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act says that once the debt collectors receive your letters, they cannot contact you again to demand payment. If they do, they have violated the law and you should go here to schedule a free consultation with a consumer law attorney.

I also recommend that you educate yourself about your debt collection rights and how to deal with debt collectors. A great way to begin is to read the first chapter of Debt Collection Answers online for free.

Good luck.

Oct 19, 2012
Medical bills that the deceased agreed to pay when they got divorced
by: Anonymous

What if the deceased person got a divorce and Is ordered by the judge to pay certain medical bills that were incurred during the marriage and then later marries again? The new spouse would then be responsible for those medical bills would they?

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Not to our knowledge, unless somehow the estate of the deceased is required to pay it. The divorce decree is an agreement between two spouses, and does not alter the original contract with the lender. We recommend you consult an attorney for specific advice on this.

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Oct 03, 2012
medical bills


If you signed paperwork agreeing to be responsible for the cost of your spouse's medical care, then you are legally responsible for paying that debt. If you did not, then you are not responsible.

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