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
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.