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I don't know why this person felt he had to pay for the memorial service.
Actually there were 4 boys (who he disinherited) and 1 girl (who he left
1/2 of his estate too) I am the other half.
This is the state of Washington
The consultation was free. He was going to be to expensive for his fees.
He suggested I write them a letter and ask for an itemized account of their costs so, I did. That was when I found out that they were asking
for the reimbursement of the memorial services. I took the letter and showed it to him and he said "That they can not ask for the reimbursement for funeral expenses from the estate.
"A debt that accrues as a result of the death of the decedent, ie funeral and burial expenses, or that accrues thereafter as an expense of administration is not against 'the deceased', and a claim need not be filed in order for the [Personal Representative] to be authorized to pay a claim of this character." Estate of Wilson, 8 Wn.App. 519, 525 (1973); see also Estate of Armstrong, 33 Wn.2d 118 (1949). If the Decedent is survived by a spouse or domestic partner, funeral expenses are a community debt, payable one-half by each. Wittwer v. Pemberton, 188 Wash. 72 (1936); Estate of Lang, 97 Fed.2d 867 (9th Cir 1938).
So if the deceased person had a wife, the funeral expense would be half payable by her and the other half would be an expense of the deceased person. The estate administrator/personal representative can certainly decide to reimburse for the funeral expense because in all fairness the estate would have had to pay them and they should be provided for in the will. The estate administrator decides but the way it was done complicates it and makes it not a debt of the estate and therefore harder for this person to make a claim. I hope this helps clarify.
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