How do I stop credit card companies from seeking payment from my wife after I die?

I am older than my wife and I have substantial credit card debt that I don’t want her to be responsible for after I am gone.

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

Unless your wife agrees to is, she is not responsible for your debts, only your estate is.  So put all of your property in her name and your creditors can’t touch her after your death.  She will need to do her own estate planning so that the assets don’t go directly back to you but are held in trust for you if she dies first.

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