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In Kansas, are spouses responsible for the medical debts of…

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In Kansas, are spouses...

In Kansas, are spouses responsible for the medical debts of a deceased spouse

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

Bills from the hospital that have been transferred to me a third party collection agency

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?

Kansas, he had 3 hospital bills from 2016 and died 2-7-18

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Estate Lawyer: LegalGems, Attorney replied 4 months ago
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Estate Lawyer: LegalGems, Attorney replied 4 months ago

This is called the doctrine of necessities and Kansas does require each spouse to support the other when it comes to necessities of life such as health and medical needs; please see:

http://www.kscourts.org/cases-and-opinions/opinions/CtApp/2016/20161028/115028.pdf

As such the creditor may go after the decedent's estate or the decedent's spouse.

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