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Finally, we have the "Gottcha" issue. There are times in some state where a child could be stuck with a parent's debt. About half the states in the US have "have so-called 'filial responsibility' laws that require adult children to support their parents if they become indigent." Pennsylvania is one of those states. This article explains, in broad strokes, the law - Children may have to foot bill for indigent parents' care. (By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer at Philly.com) The article further explains Pennsylvania has gone a little further than other states. "What is unique about Pennsylvania is that the law has been interpreted as permitting third parties, such as nursing homes, to sue the children directly, Pearson explains." This is left out of the article I found first.
Clearly, people should plan for the end of their lives as best they can. It is best if it is done with their children and other family members. Even if you cannot avoid these problems, you can prepare the people you leave behind so the know what they can expect.
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