Q&A: Authorized credit card users

Dear Liz: Following your advice on building credit, we recently added our son as an authorized user on one of my credit cards. My question is, what happens when I pass away? Does the card remain with him as the only user? Do I need to address this in my will?

Answer: Your executor, the person you named in your will to handle your estate, will be responsible for closing the account when you die. If there are any balances owing, the debt will be paid from your estate. There’s no need to make special provisions for the account in your will. By that time, your son, one would hope, would have cards of his own, so the closure shouldn’t affect his credit scores much if at all.

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