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Q: I went to Delaware and cared for my mother for 6 months while on hospice. I was co-executer on the will but signed that

Over to my sister since I'm out of state. In the will we split evenly. Can I bill the estate for the 6 months I took care of mom

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Nina Whitehurst
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A: The law generally presumes that caring for an elderly parent is done purely out of love and affection and not for compensation UNLESS there is an agreement to pay compensation, preferably in writing. Also, keep in mind that if you do manage to prove your claim against the estate for caregiver compensation, that compensation will be taxable income whereas money that you inherit is received by you tax free.

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