Ok, thanks. The father should have had a provision for funeral expenses in the will. Typically funeral expenses take priority over all creditor claims. So the estate administrator is typically instructed to pay for funeral expenses in the will. That is why I don't get why this person paid for them. So had the administrator paid for the funeral expenses there would be no question, that the estate had to pay for that expense.
When it is a debt of the deceased person it is subject to creditor claims and this expense is not in that category. Here is what Washington State law says:
"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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