If my father has no Will and I am an only child, when he passes away am I responsible for his $80,000 medical bills?

The only other surviving family we have is his sister, rmy aunt.

Asked on August 16, 2012 under Estate Planning, Georgia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are not personally liable for your father's medical bills.  Creditors could sue your father's estate for the medical bills.  If your father's estate is not sufficient to pay the medical bills, the creditors are out of luck.

Since your father does not have a Will, the rules of intestate succession determine inheritance.  Since there isn't any surviving spouse, you as the only child will inherit your father's entire estate.

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