Is wife responsible for a deceased husband's medical bills?

Question Details:

After 44 days of marriage (28 days in the hospital) husband dies. Current bills are $215,000. Had insurance coverage of his own, plus another from his wife's work, however not sure what the deductible is for both coverages. Also, can only account for bills from wife's coverage; have not yet gotten husband's insurer's bills (from his daughter). NM attorney recommends that wife file for bankruptcy to protect her from bills. A second attorney in OK points out that the wife may not be responsible for hospital bills, although most occurred after the marriage. Also, not responsible for any other bills because her husband took on debt before the marriage and wife did not sign for car loan, home loan, credit cards, etc.

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