Did Mom commit to paying that child for the care they provided? If so, they would have a claim against the estate. If not, they still may have a claim under the legal concept of quantum meruit, which entitles someone providing services to receive just compensation. Of course, what’s “just” is always in the eye of the beholder.
Harry S. Margolis practices elder law, estate, and special needs planning in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the founder of ElderLawAnswers.com and answers consumer questions about estate planning issues here and at AskHarry.info.