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It could be that the ex father-in-law had an debt and they weren't properly noticed by the probate court
Also, more likely, that she used his information and wrongfully and illegally got a loan in his name using his personal information. I realize that this might come as a shock to you but it's done all the time by heirs OR even people trying to steal the decedent's identity (ie. identity theft
Does it sound as if she might have obtained a loan using his SSN to get money?
Yes. She or someone else using his personal information.
How could someone do this? And is this illegal for her to do?
As stated, it's done all the time - identity theft. Yes, it's illegal and would be even for her - it's fraud and theft
by deception at the very least.
We1 do not know if we should inform my husband's divorce attorney of this matter,if it would be relevant to their property settlement and setting of spousal support if any.
Thank you for any input you can give.
Yes, I would inform your attorney about the matter - any leverage is good leverage. He can investigate.
If the collection agency calls again - get the person's name, company, address, telephone number and reference number of the matter so that you can give the information to your attorney for easier and further investigation
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