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?
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.
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