Who is responsible for the final costs of my almost ex-husband?
I was in the process of getting a divorce my husband died. Am I responsible for his funeral? I have no money to pay this.
Married people are not responsible for the individual debts of their spouses unless they have taken on the debts themselves, like when you co-sign a loan. So, even though you were still married at the time of his death, you aren't responsible for your husband's funeral expenses.
If you make funeral arrangements for your husband, make sure that it is clear that you are acting as the representative of his estate and not individually. Don't put any of these expenses in your own name. Funeral debts are a debt of your husband's estate and should be paid before anything is distributed to his heirs. Whether your husband died with or without a Will, as his surviving spouse you will be in a position to inherit from your spouse after his final expenses -- including funeral costs -- and debts are paid.
My brother's wife is dying of cancer. We just found out, she doesn't have life insurance. He doesn't have enough money to pay for the funeral, what can we do?
Steve, I don't understand. Here in California, a community property state, if my husband overruns his credit and can't pay, I am responsible.
Can you please provide more insight to your reply?
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