Briefly; my aunt passed away in hospice 3 months ago, from late stage Alzheimer's. My parents and I had durable power of attorney. She has one living son, the other one died over 8 years ago. This estranged son had not spoken with her in over a decade. I was lucky enough to be the one that informed him of her being in hospice, and it was less that pleasant dealing with him on burial cost issues.
I am now receiving bills for her final stay in hospice. She was my aunt and I love her, and my mom was incredibly close to her. However, my parents have there own medical expenses to deal with, and my aunt was a financial burden to my parents her whole life.
There is no will that I know of, and there is no estate at all, since she was on medicaid. My questions please:
I am assuming my parents and I are not ultimately responsible for these bills?
Do I forward these bills to her son, since he is next of kin? Or should I just ignore them, or inform the hospice of next of kin?
I would love ZERO contact with my cousin on this, so what should I do here?
Thanks in advance.