The Parent Trap: Health Care & Retirement Corporation of America v. Pittas, How it Reinforced Filial Responsibility Laws and Whether Filial Responsibility Laws Can Really Make You Pay
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Addresses filial responsibility laws and the various ways they may affect adult children who are unaware of such laws. First, a discussion of case law introduces a common situation in which children could be held liable for their parents' long-term care costs. Part II.B presents an overview of Pennsylvania's filial responsibility law as well as the history behind it. Part III addresses the twenty-eight other states with similar statutes and discuss the pros and cons of having and enforcing filial responsibility. Part IV focuses on Texas, which does not have a filial responsibility statute, and recommends that Texas should adopt a similar law.