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The estate or actually the executor of the estate is responsible for medical and other expenses as part of the distribution of the estate. After all debts have been paid from the proceeds of liquidation of the estate only then can funds be distributed to beneficiaries. The executor of the estate and beneficiaries of the estate need not pay anything out of their own pocket if the estate cannot pay for the entire bill. But if the expenses are not paid the hospital will certainly come after the estate and any monies that were distributed. Check the terms of the life insurance. If payment is assigned directly to the beneficiaries you may not need disburse funds to the hospital. On the other hand, if the life insurance goes to the estate, the hospital must be paid first if you don't want to end up in court.

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Q: Who pays hospital bills of the deceased father are the beneficiaries of the life insurance responsible?
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