Dear Senior Legal Line,
My mother just died after years of living at the nursing home on Medical Assistance. She had an insurance policy designated to cover her funeral expenses, but there was not enough in the policy to cover all of her funeral expenses. The unpaid funeral expenses are the flowers, food, and the music (she had a string quartet). Mom had aa little bit of savings that we children want to use to pay for these unpaid expenses, but the county social services department says that mom’s money has to be paid to them instead. I thought that funeral expenses take priority over Medical Assistance claims. Is the county correct?