Nederland, TX asked in Probate for Louisiana

Q: If a parent dies in Louisiana without a will, is their children responsible for medical bills?

My parent died last year, from what I’ve read me and my sibling inherited 50% of their community property per Louisiana law. Are we required to pay off the deceased parents medical bills and taxes on their property? There was no will, and our step parent was sole beneficiary on life insurance and retirement.

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Christie Tournet
Christie Tournet
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Mandeville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: If you accept a succession's assets, then, you must also accept any related, valid debts. Now, you may be able to negotiate unsecured debts, like medical expenses and credit cards, down, but items like mortgages and taxes will have to be paid in full. If there was no Last Will, and your father had community property, then, you inherit your father's share of the community, but subject to a legal usufruct in favor of the surviving spouse. If he had separate property, children inherit that to the exclusion of a spouse. Please consult with counsel local to you to discuss all specifics of your situation.

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