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If my mother-in-law is being sued by her former retirement home, can her children be held financially responsible for her debt?

Question Details: Her late husband and her agreed to move into the retirement home but didn't have the entire amount of funds needed, however the retirement home let them come anyway and told her they would work out some kind of loan arrangement. The letter from the retirement home now states she is responsible for the entire amount and if she can not afford to pay it back, her children are responsible for her debt. Is that true that in some sates children are responsible for their parents debt? By the way, mother-in-law is on social security and owns nothing, barely able to survive month-to-month.

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