If my mother passed away, can I charge her estate for the time and expenses incurred by me while she was still alive?

While she was alive, I lived with her helping by taking her to doctors appointments, paying her credit cards, car and home owners insurance, taxes, monthly bills etc. If her house goes into probate and does sell with a profit would I be able to claim that money because of all the money I put into her house in bill payments, repairs, taxes etc?

Asked on July 20, 2014 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Only if there were some agreements between you that you would be paid for those services (and you had not been paid yet) would you have a claim for the; similarly, you would not have a claim for having paid money on her behalf (e.g. repairs, taxes) unless there had been an agreement making those amounts loans, to be repaid. Unless you have a written agreement, signed by her, it will be almost impossible to make a valid claim at this time.


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