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Liability for Funeral Expenses

Question: Am I legally responsible to pay for the funeral expenses of my late mother? My brother signed all papers for our mother’s funeral in another state. I had not seen her in years. I did not agree to any of the arrangements. .A year and a half later, the mortuary is sending me a bill as my brother has not paid. Am I responsible?

Answer: No. You are not legally responsible for the debts of a parent or sibling unless you undertake to pay in writing. Absent a signed writing, your obligations are moral only.

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