Thank you for the question. When a person passes away any taxes and debt are required to be settled prior to the estate being distributed. The family should not (unless by way of agreement ) be responsible for the estates debts, however if your partner received monies which should have been used to settle debt on the estate then in tis instance, they could pursue him for these sums. What I would d in the first instance is ask the council to show why they find your husband is due to pay this debt, to see what their positions is. If you feel you have a defence to this then you can allow them to take the matter to court and ultimately have a judge decide if he is liable or not.
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