Fort Mohave, AZ asked in Family Law for Arizona

Q: Am I responsible for my deceased wife's debts in Arizona?

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Mike Branum
Mike Branum
  • Saint George, UT
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: The answer is the same as it is for almost every single legal question ever asked in the history of the law: it depends. If you and your wife entered into a debt together; in the absence of a clause forgiving the debt upon the death of either party, you more than likely are responsible for the debt. The same would be true for any debt for which you were a co-signer. If your wife entered into debts strictly on her own without using you as a co-signer or using any community property as collateral, you likely are not responsible for those debts.

It really isn't a simple yes or no question; but, then again, few are.

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