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Because Virginia isn’t a community property State, debts acquired during marriage, including hospital debts, are not automatically treated as the debts of the surviving spouse.
That said, signed contracts with a hospital and medical services stating that both spouses are liable for the debt. would override this provision.
Notwithstanding that you may not be directly liable for the debt of your deceased spouse, the probate estate of a deceased person is responsible for paying all creditors before releasing funds to beneficiaries .
Therefore, you are not directly liable but may have signed a liability contract or the executor of the probate estate may have to pay off the debt.
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You are not directly responsible for his debts. If there is no probate estate then the creditors won't be able to receive anything.
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