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My mother was in a nursing home. She died 10/6/2009. Today

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My mother was in a nursing home. She died 10/6/2009. Today we get a bill for $900 from the nursing home because she did not give 30 days notice. We said, "She died." They said, "It's in the contract." Can this be true?
Submitted: 7 years ago via Cornell Legal Info Institute.
Category: Legal
Expert:  HPlawyer replied 7 years ago.
After looking into Maryland's case law and statutes, despicable as it sounds, it appears that death will not absolve an individual's estate from obligations under the lease, so what the nursing home says appears to be true. With that in mind, if mother had no assets or had no estate, (and no other individual was a co-signor or obligor), then the nursing home would have no recourse to seek the $900.

Contract or not, the nursing home is not being tactful.
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