Who is responsible for paying hospital bills after the person die? 26 Answers as of April 15, 2013

A parent dies and hospital bills are remaining after her death.

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Shur Law Co., LPA
Shur Law Co., LPA | Tonya VanBenschoten
All bills will be paid from the estate.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
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The Law Office of Kelvin Green | Kelvin Green
The estate is responsible.
Answer Applies to: California
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Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
Her estate is responsible for paying her creditors.
Answer Applies to: Washington
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Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
That person's estate is responsible for the bills.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
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Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
The estate is responsible for this. If there are no estate assets, then the creditors tend to be out of luck.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    WARM SPRINGS LAW GROUP | Elliott D. Yug
    The person's estate.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
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    THE BROOME LAW FIRM, LLC
    THE BROOME LAW FIRM, LLC | Barry D. Broome
    Her estate pays all debts from the assets in the estate. All debts must be paid before the heirs receive their share.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
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    Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP | Kathleen DeLacy
    If decedent has assets bills must be paid out if their assets.
    Answer Applies to: Delaware
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    Law Office Of Victor Waid
    Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
    Only the estate of the deceased is responsible for the medical bills; don't let anyone/medical provider tell you different.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    Law Office of Pamela Braynon | Pamela Y. Braynon
    Her estate is responsible for her debts. An estate is established once probate is opened in the name of the deceased. The estate consists of all non-exempt assets that was owned by the deceased. Exempt assets include the homestead, the car use by the deceased and furnishings in the home to name a few. All bank accounts, stocks, bonds, investments belong to estate and the value can be used to pay off any creditors. If there is nothing in the estate, then the creditors won't get paid.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
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    Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
    Bills remaining after insurance payments would be handled through probate if the deceased has any assets. There is a process of sending out notices to all creditors (not just hospitals), deadlines for them to submit them, objecting to bills, then payments. The heirs are not responsible unless they guaranteed the bills.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
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    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    If you did not sign a guaranty for the bill with the hospital, or if there is no insurance to pay, then the assets owned by the deceased are the only way the hospital can legally seek payment.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    The Wideman Law Center, P.C. | Susan Wideman Schaible
    If she has a Probate estate, the Personal Representative is responsible to pay the bills.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
    They will be paid out of decedent's estate. If there is nothing in the estate, a spouse might be liable for some medical bills.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/14/2013
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    The deceased's executor is responsible for paying all outstanding bills, including medical, taxes, and anything else that's due, from the assets of the decedent's assets.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
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    Attorney At Law | James G. Maguire
    Her estate is liable for the debts to the hospital.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
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    The Krone Law Firm, LLC | Norman B. Krone
    /those bills are generally paid out of the estate of the deceased.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
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    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    Her assets are responsible for her bills. If she has any assets at all, you should speak with an attorney about next steps. 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
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    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C.
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C. | Bernard H. Greenberg
    Unless those obligations have been guaranteed by someone else, her estate is responsible for those bills. You should see an attorney who specializes in estate matters for further information.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
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    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    My condolences on your recent loss. The parent's estate is responsible for paying the bill.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A.
    The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. | Laurie E. Ohall
    In Florida, neither a spouse nor adult children are responsible for the decedent's creditors, and this includes medical bills. The only time a family member is responsible for the decedent's bills is if they sign something agreeing to take financial responsibility.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
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    Byers & Goulding, PLC | Andrew Byers
    In general, the bills may need to be paid from the deceased person's estate. There are other bills and certain allowances that have a higher priority of being paid under Michigan law, so which bills should be paid first should be reviewed carefully. If the deceased person did not have any assets, the hospital bill may go unpaid.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Law Offices of Terrell Monks
    Law Offices of Terrell Monks | Terrell Monks
    The estate (assetts of the decedent) are liable for her debts. The surviving children are not liable for those debts (unless they signed an agreement to pay) except to the extent of the decedent's estate.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 4/14/2013
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