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Montgomery County Reimbursement Options for Relative Care

Posted on Wed Jul 8, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: Montgomery County Reimbursement Options for Relative Care

Most Recently Updated July 15, 2018.

“Before she died, my mother-in-law lived in my Montgomery County, Pennsylvania house and required around-the-clock care, which I provided. My husband’s brother and sister did not even visit. Now that she has died, her estate is being divided up between the children and they refuse to compensate me for all the work I did caring for their mother. Can I make a claim to be paid?”

Montgomery County Reimbursement Options for Relative Care

Montgomery County Reimbursement Options for Relative Care

Your mother-in-law’s estate is to be divided up between the heirs as her will dictates, or through the rules of intestacy if she had no will. Prior to the division of the assets, all creditors must be paid. Because you had no agreement showing that you were doing the work for a fee, it will be difficult to prove that you are a creditor.

Family members often take care of other ill family members without compensation, so you would need to prove that this work was done under an agreement with her and that you both expected that you would be paid. That being said, the heirs can agree to give you some of the estate as compensation for your work. (However, if they would agree to that, I imagine you would not have needed to write this question.)

More Probate Questions?

Reimbursement for relative care is only part of the overall probate process. By all means, if you wish to learn more, please read my more detailed article, The Probate Process All You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: Montgomery County Reimbursement Options for Relative Care

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining elder care reimbursement options. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Probate Lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced Probate Attorneys.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to make the process as painless as possible!

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