My Brother that I have not seen in years died, I do not have the money to bury him, whom is responsabile, for the buriel?

Asked over 3 years ago - Laingsburg, MI

Am I the one who pays because he had no assets and no burial plans?

Attorney answers (4)

  1. Carol A. Morris

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . Attorney Haber is correct, you have no legal obligation to bury your brother. If he had no assets the funeral home may make and application for funds from Medicaid to bury him, its not much but it will provide the basics.

  2. James P. Frederick

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I agree with the other responses, but I would add that you should make sure that there were no assets. Your brother may have had something that you were unaware of. I say this because you stated that you had not seen him in years. You might check with the IRS or State of Michigan to see if he reported any income. You might also have his mail forwarded to make sure that he was not receiving investment statements, etc. There are also websites you can check to make sure that he did not have any assets that are being held by the State.

    If he truly had nothing, then his burial would be taken care of by the government.

    James Frederick

  3. Francis N. Soave

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . You are not responsible for the cost of burial.

    This answer is not specific legal advise. No attorney client relationship has been established. It is general... more
  4. Michael S. Haber

    Pro

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You are not legally responsible for the costs of his burial.

    Good luck to you.

    Michael S. Haber is a New York attorney. As such, his responses to posted inquiries, such as the one above, are... more

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