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How do I get reimbursed for care given to my father in New York?

Posted on Thu Jul 16, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Claim Attempt Against Parent NY Estate for Care Reimbursement

Most Recently Updated July 15, 2018.

“During the final months of my dad’s life, I moved him into my house and provided nearly around-the-clock care for him. My sister, who lives nearby, hardly ever showed up. Now that we have filed the will, the estate is divided up equally between my sister and I. She refuses to recognize that I should be repaid for the time and expense that went into those last few months. Can I make a claim for reimbursement?”

Claim Attempt Against Parent NY Estate for Care Reimbursement

Claim Attempt Against Parent NY Estate for Care Reimbursement

You can always make a claim as a creditor of the estate and you will get a hearing on the matter. But, if there is nothing in writing from your father about hiring you as a caretaker or about reimbursing you for the time and expense, then the court will likely find that you are not a creditor.

Families provide care for one another free of charge every day, and unless the court can find that your father and you had some agreement for compensation, the court will likely find that your time and expenses were a gift to your father.

More Probate Questions?

Reimbursement for care of a loved one 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: Claim Attempt Against Parent NY Estate for Care Reimbursement

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining what you should know about reimbursement. 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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