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My Aunt passed away march 1st 2012. She lived in Arizona and…

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My Aunt passed away march 1st 2012. She lived in Arizona and died there. She was a ward of the court in Maricopa county. I received a certified letter stating that I am legally responsible for the fee of her barial/cremation. There is no estate and I'm not on any accounts or anything. Am I legally responsible? I live in Nevada
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Unless you have received any assets from your Aunt, then you are not responsible for the fee for her burial. Who is the letter from? Here is the statute that lists the people responsible for such costs.

NRS 451.025 Reimbursement for burial expenses paid with public money. If the governing body of any county, city or town within the State of Nevada must arrange for and order the decent burial of any person dying within such county, city or town, leaving a husband or wife or parent in whose custody such person remained at the time he or she died, which husband or wife or parent is not indigent and not otherwise eligible for assistance as a poor person and expenses for a decent burial have been paid out of public funds pursuant to such an order, the county, city or town must be reimbursed for its expenses of burial of the dead body of such person by the husband, wife or parent charged by law with the duty of burial.

(Added to NRS by 1971, 131; A 1983, 139)

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
The letter came from Maricopa County of Arizona, Public Fiduciary.
Estate Lawyer: John Elder, Estate & Elder Law replied 6 years ago
Unfortunately they are trying to get money from someone that has no obligation to pay.
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Thank you very much for your information
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