Re: Deceased Husbands Medical Bill
Regarding the $15,000 bill, you probably are responsible for it since you did take on/accept responsibility/liability for it.
Regarding the $13,000 bill, Ohio is not a community property state so you have no responsibility just because of the state you live in. However, there is a doctrine of necessaries that can make one spouse responsible for another spouse's medical bills. Some states have abolished it & some haven't & in the states that have not abolished it, how it is applied depends on the state & their courts. Most Ohio courts (if it goes to court) seem to take the stand that primary liability goes to the husband & secondary liability to the spouse which means if the husband has no income/assets to pay the debt, liability should then fall on the wife.
Did your lawyer think you might *not* be responsible? You might wait & see what happens due to the letter your lawyer sent - maybe since your husband had no ins. or estate & the bill was addressed to your husband, this creditor might "write off" the debt. (even though *possibly* you could be responsible under the doctrine of necessaries)
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