View Poll Results: Should the family have to pay this fine?

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    thats horrible, the poor family should not be left with the bill.

    the family didnt jump off the bridge and im sure they didnt encourage or condone their child doing it so i dont see why they should pay.

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    aside from the fact that its completey unethical, how can they legally pass a debt/fine onto the estate/next of kin??? (is it different because the son was a minor).

    regardless it is disgusting. I would be going to the local member and every agency possible to get them to advocate for the family. So sad.

    RIP

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    That's disgusting.

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    no. even if they enforced the 'rules' the fine should go to the person that jumped off the bridge, as he died, surely the fine is like a debt, goes through the estate or get written off. i dont see how the family are liable to pay.

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    That's disgusting!

    Plus I agree with the others - the family didn't jump off? Is it even legal to charge someone a bill for something another person did?

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    I'm lead to understand that as he was a minor, mum and dad were legally responsible to pay the fine regardless.

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    The family wouldn't be personally liable.

    If the deceased was fined, then his estate would bear the cost. If there is inadequate money, then the debt doesn't get paid. When a young person dies, it is unusual for there to be much money in the estate, as the funeral is the debt with priority. the main money is usually the insurance included in super, and that is generally not included in the estate assets.

    Additionally, some debts are waived on death. Hecs debt is. In qld, some sper debt (eg. Fines) are waived. I had one waived recently for an estate.

    I think it's wrong to charge it, but I would be surprised to see a situation where the family would have to pay it, and definitely not from their own money.

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    that is awful!! i'd be arranging a meeting with the federal MP for their electorate to try and gain their support. You'd be surprised at what they are capable of!

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    If the story is correct, then I would advise them to take it to a solicitor and they can write a scathing letter to whoever issued the fine.

    Or the media.

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    Seriously? That can't be right. Surely.

    To enforce that would be monstrously cruel.

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