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How do I get reimbursed for care I provided my mother while she lived with me?

Posted on Tue Aug 18, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Reimbursement for Relative Care in Philadelphia

Most Recently Updated July 18, 2018.

“Before she died, my mother lived in my Philadelphia home and required around-the-clock care, which I provided. My brother and sister did not even visit. Now that she has died, her estate is being divided up between us and my siblings refuse to compensate me for all the work I did caring for our mom. Can I make a claim to be paid?”

Reimbursement for Relative Care in Philadelphia

Reimbursement for Relative Care in Philadelphia

Your mother’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 will be paid. If you have 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 regularly 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 where you would be paid. That being said, the heirs can always agree to give you some of the estate as compensation for your work. But 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: Reimbursement for Relative Care in Philadelphia

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining how to be eligible for elder care 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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