Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Massachusetts

Can a nephew or niece be held financially responsible for funeral costs of an aunt or uncle?

Asked on 2/25/11, 6:53 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Paul Lancia Attorney Paul Lancia

If they obligated themselves to the funeral home providing the services.

If they did not, then no.

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Answered on 2/25/11, 6:58 pm

Christopher Vaughn-Martel Charles River Law Partners, LLC.

Unless they have contractually agreed to be responsible, heirs are not liable for the debts of the deceased. The deceased's estate is responsible for the debts of the deceadent and the costs and expenses of administration.

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Answered on 2/26/11, 11:14 am

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