My mon died in May of 2017. She was in a rehab home and I signed her in at the time.

I just received a bill from the rehab home for 4600 dollars. Am I liable for this bill? I live in NJ.

Asked on October 20, 2017 under Estate Planning, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You have to review the paperwork you signed when you "signed her in" to see if you are liable. As a general rule, one adult is not responsible for another adult's bills--even the bills of a parent, sibling, or adult child. However, one person can contractually agree to be responsible, and if they do, that is agreement to  pay is legal and enforceable. Respond to them that this was your mother's bill, not yours, and if they believe that you are responsible, they need to send you the agreement or contract which they feel makes you responsible. Then review that agreement to see if you did contractually agree to pay. If unsure what the contract says or means, bring it to an attorney to review with you.

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