My wife died-Brest Cancer on October 25, 2010, I negotiated in good fate with a Funeral Home for funeral arrangements at a cost of $12,987 to be paid from my wife’s life insurance
settlement of $20,500. My wife spent seven weeks in Hospice and then I received a bill for $24,000 from the nursing home. Along with the medical bills, consumer debt and the fact I would have to return two months of my wife’s income to medicate, that I used for living expense, I filed Bankruptcy, Chapter 7, on November 15, 2010 and was discharged on February 25th 2011. Shortly after the Funeral Home received the Bankruptcy petition, one of the owners called my home, very upset that I filed Bankruptcy and he was trying to collect the $12,000, then I got angry and told him so, I just lost my wife to Brest cancer and because of my medical bills I had to file Bankruptcy. I was really upset at the way he was caring on. He then called my sister, who is a family friend, and she agreed to pay the funeral expenses. In the summer of 2011 my sister paid $6,000 to the funeral home when I found out I told my sister not to pay them any more money until we find out what the funeral home recovers from my Bankruptcy estate. Eventually the funeral home recovered $3,875 from my Bankruptcy estate.
In the spring of 2012 my sister ended up in a nursing home, assisted living, because of her diabetes and was in the process of selling her house when the brother kept calling her to collect the $3,000. I told my sister that she is not obligated to pay them anything until she sells her home. She paid them the remaining balance of the funeral expenses.
My sister gave me her car last year because she no longer can drive and I would take her grocery shopping and transport her to her doctors.
My sister now wants me to sell my car and give her the proceeds because of her expenses in the nursing home.
What recourse, if any, to I have against that funeral home?