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My husband died July 9 th of this year. Shortly before his

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My husband died July 9 th of this year. Shortly before his death he bought a new truck. My name is ***** ***** the loan. I did a voluntary surrender with the truck as I could not make the payments on it. The truck went to auction and now I am getting a demand letter for the loan balance from the bank.
Do I have any recourse to avoid paying this thanks for your help....chris
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq replied 11 months ago.

My name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today. Thank you for your question and for using

Arizona is a community property state. Unfortunately, all debt incurred during the marriage, no matter by whom, is generally considered to be the community debt of both parties. Even though you were not on the loan, this debt is considered to be a community property debt and you are liable for it. This is an unsecured debt so they will need to get a judgment against you in order to collect. You might be able to negotiate the debt down but to answer your question, no you cannot avoid this unless you want to declare bankruptcy as an extreme measure.

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq replied 11 months ago.

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