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Thank you very much for your patience. I'm so very sorry about your husband's passing. Generally, unless you personally guaranteed that you would pay back the hospital, then you are not going to owe that money and the hospital cannot come after you personally for that $ either. However, they may be able to come after the estate of your husband. This means that they may be able to potentially sue the estate and get a lien on his truck and any other property that he had left in his estate. However, if he only had the truck, then the company is likely going to simply have to write off that debt as a bad debt because it is nearly impossible to collect against the deceased in most cases. You can always of course settle the debt with them.
Sometimes, just settling the debt is the easiest thing to do. It doesn't always appear as if it's the easiest thing to do, but every single day lawyers across the country are explaining to their clients that if they just work on settling their debts in a way that makes sense for them and they are going to be in a better position in the long-term. To facilitate your situation, there’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for debt settlement (click here). It's a bit easier (and cheaper) than going through litigation and I have seen it be effective in the past. If you send this letter and they do not respond, then try sending it again to remind them that settling is really what resolving disputes is all about.
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