Can I be held responsible for my deceased mother’s medical bills?

A friend said that because I was her durable and medical POA, that I could be held responsible for her bills. Her house was willed and I have a quick claim deed to me. Valued at about what she owes. Her life insurance was slightly more than her funeral. She had no other assets.

Asked on September 29, 2017 under Estate Planning, Michigan


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, so long as the agent (i.e. the person holding the POA) is not a party to the debt and has acted responsibly within the parameters of the powers granted them, then they will not be personally liable for the debts of the principal (i.e. the person who gave them the POA).

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