who is responsible for medical bills if estate assets were transferred after death?

by joey
(new york)

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Jan 03, 2013
who is responsible for medical bills if estate assets were transferred after death?
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You did not provide any details in your question so I can only give you a general answer. If the deceased had a will, then as part of the probate process, the person who was named as his or her executor was legally responsible for notifying the deceased's creditors of the death so that the creditors could file claims against the deceased's assets in order to get paid what they were owed. Only after as many debts as possible have been paid by the deceased's estate (the assets that the deceased owned at the time of his or her death) can any assets that may remain be transferred to those named in the will. This is a matter of law.

If the deceased died without a will, all of the above is also true although the probate court would appoint an administrator to do what an executor would ordinarily do.

So, the medical providers are legally entitled to be paid and there may be legal consequences for the executor or administrator if he or she did not follow the rules. I recommend that you or someone else associated with the situation contact a probate law attorney right away to find out what needs to be done next. It's likely that all or some of the asset transfers will have to be reversed, but I am not a probate law attorney. Bottom line, the situation needs to be addressed sooner rather than later to minimize legal complications and costs.

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