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Dad lived in different state, house was willed to him. Father is on fixed income,was contacted by nursing facility soon after death of sister.sister spouse was deceased at time of her death.

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Just a precaution, thinking ahead if any of the nursing homes in question turn the bill over to a debt collector.

Be sure to respond in writing (sent by cert. mail for proof) within 30 days of receipt of any debt collector's notice to challenge and deny liability for the bill, or under the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act it would be assumed to be legitimate.
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I am wondering why the NH didn't come forward as a creditor when the estate was settled. Was there nothing to probate? The NH is entitled to put a claim against the estate if money is owed.
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My dad died a year ago and the nursing home keeps sending my brother a bill once a month like clockwork. My brother wasn't even POA, I was, so if anyone should get a bill it was me. But we've ignored it and nothing bad has happened. We don't even care and don't feel the slightest bit responsible for this bill. My dad was on Medicaid, which he was approved for after he died. We did our part. They can send us a bill once a month forever and we won't care.
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Not unless he signed her in to the nursing home as the financially responsible party (I hope he didn't do this).

28 states have filial laws that require children of indigent parents to pay for their parent's nursing home bills but that law is rarely enforced. There is no law that would legally require him to pay his sister's bills unless he signed as payer.

That won't stop her nursing home from attempting to collect payment from anyone associated with her. Just ignore them.

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