Not commenting on the merits of the donations at all, but
I'm wondering if the family signed something to guarantee the bills. If not, it would just go uncollected. It would be collected against her estate if anything. I represent small business, not big businesses and would tell them to pound sand.
$550k is a hell of a lot to pay for, and is always vastly inflated (In some Personal Injury cases I've seen bills in the hundreds of thousands settle for 30% of the total bill).
EDIT: OK I read some of the links, it appears its for her husband, which makes sense. the H MIGHT be on the hook for this stuff. Sad stuff.
Last edited by jdang307; 01-20-2012 at 05:08 PM.