Murfreesboro, TN asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee

Q: How soon can a hospital put a lien on your property in Tn. ?

My wife just passed away from cancer, was on Medicare A & B plus Plan G thru Mut. of Oma. I started receiving bills for well over $ 100,000.00 even before she died. Her will has left me all her property, House and nearly 6 acres. I haven't gotten a death cert. yet and was wondering if they ( the hospital )can put a lien on the property now?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Medical Providers will have to get a Judgment prior to a Lien except on a related personal injury/wrongful death suit. The will has no effect without probate, and probate would not be a good idea. But creditors can file probate too, and it would be for their benefit. You need a competent attorney to perform a title search now, and give you advice concerning a possible Homestead Exemption. There are probably other asset protections you should have taken a long time ago.

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