Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Health Care Law for Colorado

Q: If my husband died in the hospital, in Colorado, am I responsible for his medical bills?

All the bills are in his name only - I had not signed anything.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kyle Grabulis
Kyle Grabulis
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fort Collins, CO

A: Generally speaking, you are not responsible for the debts of another person, even if its your husband's medical bills as in this case. Since they are in his name only and you did not sign anything personally guaranteeing payment, you are not responsible for that debt.

However, your husband's estate is still responsible for paying that debt. As his estate goes through probate, the hospital can make a claim against the estate in order to satisfy the debt. If you are a beneficiary of his estate, this may affect how much you receive from his estate, and thus can affect you indirectly.

Kevin Michael Strait agrees with this answer

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