Novi, MI asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Probate for Michigan

Q: My mother passed in Sept of 2021, in April 2023 a medical bill came for services in June 2020. Do we pay it?

A death notice was posted in the paper and since it was over a year I thought their claim to any estate was over.

1 Lawyer Answer
Trent Harris
Trent Harris
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Jackson, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: It depends what you mean by "death notice" in a paper. If you mean an obituary, that is not enough. On the other hand, if by "death notice was posted in the paper" you mean a notice to creditors was published in the newspaper by a personal representative under MCL 700.3801 or a trustee under MCL 700.7608, then no, you don't need to pay it because the creditor's claim would be barred by now. For further information, please make an appointment for a consult with a probate attorney in your area who can review all the relevant facts and circumstances and advise you about your specific situation.

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