What is the name of your state? NC
I need advice on whether or not to sign a legal document.
Background: My wife has had three spinal fusions over the past half dozen years. Out of all the related medical expenses pertaining to those operations, to my knowledge, she has an unpaid balance of roughly $1,500.00 (fifteen hundred). Within the last year, she has become unable to work, and is in the process of applying for disability. With her inability to work, I have been paying all the bills. Somehow, in regard to monthly financial obligations, I have managed to remain solvent.
My Dilemma: Recently, the county sheriff's office delivered a Civil Summons for unpaid medical bills. In the past, all of my wife's medical expenses have been addressed solely to her. This is the first summons of any type in which our household has ever received, and the dang thing has BOTH of our names on it. Upon requesting a payment plan by contacting the attorney representing the hospital, we have received another document which is a Confession Of Judgment. The Confession Of Judgment is simply an admission of guilt, an agreement that we are jointly liable for her medical bills, and outlines a $50 per month payment agreement.
Am I required to sign legal documentation pertaining to my wife's medical expenses? I have previously signed absolutely nothing in regard to her medical procedures.
What will happen if she solely signs the Confession Of Judgment and includes the funds to satisfy the summons?
I am willing to pay this bill, but I DO NOT want to sign anything. In my mind, if I sign the Confession Of Judgment I will be setting a precedent and opening myself up to any and all future medical bills incurred by my wife.
My credit rating is excellent. Hers has been drug through the muck with medical bills over the years. Everything we have financed is in my name.
Thank you kindly,
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