Brother had a moped accident, life flighted to Trauma Center. Week Stay in Trauma then moved to Rehab. Divorced, 3 girls under age of 14. No POA, no Guardian. Hospital is letting us make most decisions at this time. If I were to sign for Guardianship (I am sister),.......will I be liable for any of my brothers Medical bills or any Nursing home or Rehab bills incurred by him?
He is conscious and ambulatory. Memory is limited.
No, you will not be responsible for his bills. You will be obligated to manage his money, and pay his bills from that. If his money is not enough, you will not be personally liable. You can apply for Medicaid to pay his costs.
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Q: will I be liable for any of my brothers Medical bills or any Nursing home or Rehab bills incurred by him?
A: Not personally liable, no. BUT, you will be responsible to use his money for his benefit and to account for your use of his money. Are you sure you wish to take that on?
Why not consult with local counsel to determine whether responsibility for funds could be shifted to a public guardian/conservator while you retained control over health/care decisions?
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no. you will not be personally liable because you are simply his guardian. however be careful if you take him to a hospital or other healthcare provider about signing something saying you will be responsible.
You won't be responsible for his bills as a result of becoming his guardian. You do want to be careful that you don't sign anything accepting responsiblity for his bills. It would be a good idea to hire a local attorney to guide you. Good Luck
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