If mom can’t pay, adult child must

By | July 13, 2009

stupidlawinPAThis one’s going to blow baby boomers’ minds. It concerns a little-known law dating to Elizabethan England suddenly being enforced with gusto in Pennsylvania. The law can force adult children to pay their parents’ health-care costs.If Mom and Pop can’t pay, you pay. If they have the money but refuse to pay, you pay. If you don’t, watch your credit rating sink under the weight of a legal judgment that will haunt you for life.It happened to Don Grant. It can happen to you.The Havertown man is nearly 50 and struggling to pay his mortgage and $100,000 in student loans incurred by his daughter, a recent Albright College grad.Last year, Grant was sued because his mother, Diana Fichera, did not pay an $8,000 bill at a Delaware County nursing home, where she rehabilitated after surgery.Grant went to court with his half-sister, who was also sued. He told the nursing-home attorney that he’s estranged from his mother and that Fichera has income from Social Security plus two pensions. The nursing-home lawyer told Grant that all would be resolved if Fichera paid up. When she again refused, the judgment was entered against the whole family.

via – Philly.com

Come on PA, pull your head out. This law is absurd.

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