Is an adult child responsible for a dead parent’s funeral expenses?

Asked on January 19, 2013 under Bankruptcy Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The adult child is not personally responsible, unless he or she signed something by which he or she agreed to pay or take responsibility. The decedent's estate, however, is responsible, and the funeral home, cemetary, etc. can seek payment of these costs from the estate; these costs would be paid (assuming there is money) before any remaining assets are distributed to heirs, such as the adult child.

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