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Funeral responsibilities

My mother passed away today and I don’t have any money to pay towards the funeral and my sisters are threatening to sue me because they signed with the funeral home to have a expensive funeral. Can they legally sue me to pay a fourth of the funeral? I didn’t sign any papers and I didn’t have any say in the

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Asked on January 30, 2017 under Estate Planning, Louisiana

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your mother.
You are under no obligation to pay for the funeral.  Your sisters entered into a contract with the funeral home and they are liable in the event they breach the contract.
You did not sign any contract with the funeral home or enter into any agreement with your sisters to pay part of the cost of the funeral. Therefore, your sisters have no grounds for suing you.


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