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You do not have to pay the bills from this account. The creditors, including the hospital, had the right to go after these assets while your dad was alive, but once he died, these assets vested automatically in you outside probate. In other words, at death, his estate's ownership in these accounts automatically terminated and thus the assets are yours. And, as long as you didn't sign anything making you personally liable for these hospital or medical bills, then you are not liable for them. You can simply, as you are doing, respond by sending the death certificate and informing the creditors that there are no probate assets to pay his debts.
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