Medical bill debt, death and probate
January 23, 2012 3:22 PM Subscribe
News and debt filter: Can somebody tell me why it was necessary to have a fundraiser to pay US medical bills for a deceased person? In the USA, if you die with debts greater than the total sum of your assets, your estate is generally liquidated in probate, right? Medical debt collectors can't go after your family for debts they didn't incur...
posted by thewalrus to Law & Government (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was reading this news article
about a Canadian skier who died after incurring massive medical bills in the United States.
Why was it necessary to have a fund raiser to pay the medical bills? Aside from the ethical issue of whether the hospital would get paid in full by the assets of her estate, how is there any possibility that her family would be liable for this debt?
You are not my lawyer, this is not legal advice, etc etc... I'm not asking a question for myself, just to improve my general knowledge of US probate law.