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February 27, 2017

Imagine receiving a surprise $92,943 bill for a relative's medical or nursing home care. Would you believe that you could be ordered to pay it on pain of imprisonment in Pennsylvania?¹ Provided that the debtor is your parent, spouse, or child,² the debtor is unable to pay,³ you are able to pay,⁴ and the debtor did not abandon you as their child for more than ten years,⁵ you could be held liable.⁶

         Most of the time you are not responsible for the debts of others.⁷ But Pennsylvania law holds you responsible for filial support even if you are completely innocent. You need not have taken the debtor's money, nor have hidden it from the facility as the debtor's power of attorney. You need n...

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