From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Funeral Home as Estate Creditor
Most Recently Updated July 18, 2018.
“My father died in Montgomery County divorced from my mother and without a will. I have one sister who is younger than me. Am I responsible for his funeral bill?”
Montgomery County Funeral Home as Estate Creditor
Funeral Home as Estate Creditor
Typically, when a person dies, the family will make arrangements with the funeral director to pay the bill themselves and then are reimbursed by the estate. Often, the funeral director will not take on the expense of the funeral without knowing they will be paid. Your question makes it sound as if you did not agree ahead of time to be responsible for the bill. If so, then you are not responsible to pay the bill, although I am sure your father’s funeral director would prefer that you pay that bill.
If your father died a single man without a will, then your sister and you (under the rules of intestacy) inherit his probate estate equally. The only way to receive these assets is to open his estate as an Administration with the Montgomery County Register of Wills. But, if you do open the estate, his creditors (including the funeral director) must be paid before you receive anything. If your father’s creditors exceed his assets, then you have to consider the wisdom of opening his estate.
More Probate Questions?
The responsibility of the funeral bill 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: Funeral Home as Estate Creditor
I hope that this article was helpful in explaining the funeral home as a creditor. 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!
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