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Hello Allison and thank you for your question.
Are you certain his estate is inadequate? He may also have superannuation that can be claimed by you or may be payable to the estate, have you explored this option?
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Hello and thank you for your question.
If you did not sign for any funeral expenses then you are prima face not liable for them beyond the value of the estate.
An argument could be made by the family that you 'induced' them to pay for the funeral and that you should pay, but they would have to demonstrate that you did something to mislead them into believing you were agreeing to meet the ultimate costs.
That aside, however a court is likely to find that the estate should first be applied to funeral expenses so if they press you, you are right to turn over all the estate assets to meet such expenses but to the extent that the estate falls short of meeting the funeral expenses they are essentially stuck with them.
I trust the above assists your understanding.
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