My mother is on PA state assisted medicare. She was in the hospital for 10 days at the end. A lawyer is advising me to not start probate for two years to make the bills drop off because the estate is so small (8400 - frozen in Pennslyvania). But my mother always paid her bills. I estimate lawyer and court costs at around 3000 (Florida probate). We have held off buying the memorial (3500), She had a pre-paid funeral (9600) but even with the dividends (3500) she will owe 1200. There is a bequest of 1000. Pension payback, and ect. She lived 90 years in Pennslyvania, the last two years in Florida with a daughter, and died in Ohio visiting me. If it takes all her estate I am ok with that, but what do I do if it is more? The hospital costs are the big unknown. It has been a month and I have received no bills. The lawyer says I should at least wait until I have all the bills in.