Q: If a person passes away with credit card debt, does the person's spouse still have to pay them off if there's no will?
A: The spouse is not personally liable but the debt may have to be satisfied from the deceased assets if probate is necessary before the spouse inherits. The existence of a Will has no bearing on whether or not the debt gets paid in an open probate case.
Please consult with a lawyer for a full consultation so you can be fully advised of how to approach this matter.
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