Columbia, MD asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Maryland

Q: Funeral expenses are paid shortly after a X's death by Y who is not beneficiary or administator. Can

Y, who is not a beneficiary or administrator, claim as a creditor against estate?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Yes, Y is a creditor of the estate and may file a claim for funeral expenses paid. Y should submit a formal claim together with the invoices/receits showing the amounts incurred. If the Personal Representatve fails to pay or denies all or part of the claim, Y can petition to court to order the PR to pay the claim. Funeral expenses are among the first expenses paid by the PR.

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