Test Drive Our New Site! We have some improvements in the works that we're excited for you to experience. Click here to try our new, faster, mobile friendly beta site. We will be maintaining our current version of the site thru the end of 2024, so you can switch back as our improvements continue.
Legislation Quick Search
06/14/2024 11:44 AM
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20130&cosponId=13111
Share:
Home / House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Subscribe to PaLegis Notifications
NEW!

Subscribe to receive notifications of new Co-Sponsorship Memos circulated

By Member | By Date | Keyword Search


House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: July 15, 2013 02:51 PM
From: Representative Ted Harhai
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsorship Request: Amendment to the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code
 
In the near future, I intend to introduce a bill to amend Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to permit the grandchild of a decedent to be reimbursed from the decedent’s bank account assets for funeral expenses paid by the grandchild.

Presently, Section 3101(b) of Title 20 permits reimbursement from a decedents bank deposits in amounts not exceeding $3,500 to the spouse, children, parents or siblings of a decedent for reimbursement of the funeral expenses of the decedent. A grandchild, however, is not entitled to such a reimbursement.

Recently, I was made aware of a situation where the decedent was 103 years of age at death. Her only asset was a bank account with a balance of $377.00. At the time of her death she had no spouse, child, father or mother, sister or brother, who survived her. However, she did have a number of grandchildren, one of whom paid the funeral bill.

With the advanced age of many decedents nowadays, I believe it is only fair to add grandchild to the listing of family members entitled to be reimbursed for funeral expenses incurred on behalf of a decedent. Otherwise, rather than going to the grandchild who advanced the funeral expenses, any remaining bank deposits will ultimately escheat to the Commonwealth.

I welcome your co-sponsorship of this legislation.

View Attachment


Introduced as HB1662