O'Keefe Legal Services, L.L.C. | Sean P. O'Keefe
In Maryland, if a decedent has outstanding medical bills and no funds/estate to pay the bills (and no one else has assumed liability for the debt), then the bills will likely go unpaid. It's not good for the medical provider, but it happens.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
Only assets owned by your parents are responsible for the bill. So long as you did not receive an bank accounts, assets of value or property, you would not ordinarily be responsible absent a guarantee, etc. If you received any assets of value from your parents in the last 5 years, you should speak with an attorney who may be able to address the specific issues you may face. This information is only intended to give general information in response to an inquiry. It does not establish an attorney client relationship. This response is only based upon the limited facts presented and is merely intended to assist you in determining if you should contact an attorney to provide you with legal advice.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
The Curran Law Firm | Maura Curran
You do not inherit another person's debts. If there are no monies to pay the debts of your parents, then the creditor has to write off the debt. If there are assets, then you may need to sell the asset to pay the debt. It is important to know what has to be sold to pay for debts and what does not have to be sold or used to pay off a debt. If there are assets of any kind, you need to hire a probate attorney to help you probate the estate.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
Just send a note to the creditors, saying your parent has passed away, and no probate is planned because there is no property. That should settle them. Don't pay any bills that can be seen as an agreement to pay them all.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
The Taylor Law Office L.L.C. | Ian A. Taylor
Probably nothing. If an estate is opened in the Probate Court in South Carolina, the estate will publish a notice to creditors, that includes medical bills. The creditor will have to file a claim with the estate. If the personal representative has to pay creditors, they will have to pay the medical bills first. There are many factors that go into payment of creditors in an estate. You could seek the advice of an attorney in your area to determine the estates responsibilities. An estate may not need to be opened. Yet, if there is a will it must be filed with the Probate Court (if in South Carolina). Again, talk with a lawyer about your specific situation.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
The health care providers/facility will attempt to collect from insurance and/or any health care payment program the deceased was part of. If there are no or insufficient funds to cover the bills from those sources and the deceased doesn't have any assets or has insufficient assets, the companies must write off the bills as bad debt.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska