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Old 02-07-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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Truly, The Maddness Never Ends

I'm new at this executor stuff, but geeezzz the utilities don't make it easy. I called Eversource and asked if I could have the bill sent to a different address, in the "Estate of". Nope as soon as I said Estate, they asked "he passed" I said "yea" I want to pay the bills, keep the heat on...Nope, if you don't fax the "XYZ" forms and lawyer/death forms stuff we'll turn off service, you have a temporary period to reply. I said, "Wow, you guys don't have a lot of caring for a deceased parent, do you." Basically, the response was, "Is there anything else I can Help you with today?" I responded, but not likely an appropriate response fir the site. Needless to say the other utilities are gonna be past due...whenever I can get to it.

Really wanted to make another Too Cold event, but gotta head back to NJ and figure things out there, then come back soon, then go back...like I said, this executor stuff sucks. Sign me, Grumpy in South Yarmouth.

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Old 02-07-2019, 06:08 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss. Seems stupid. When I tried to change the Cox cable account into my name they wanted to see a copy of the marriage certificate. It was absurd.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:48 PM   #3
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Therein is some more madness. I take dad's cable boxes to the local Comcast office and say I want to cancel his service. No problem with them, and I ask can I settle up the outstanding bill. Politely, but "sorry for your loss, it will take a day or so for the system to catch up so we can do that, you can call Comcast at the 800 number in a day to do that". OK I wait two days call Comcast, SOB, they put me through the ringer because I said deceased...for a $4.45 balance. Go back to the local office here, say, "I want to pay a small outstanding bill I had a hard time doing on line." Scanned a barcode on an old invoice and smiled and said, "That'll be $4.45, please".
The crazy thing is, I'm trying to give THEM (the 800 numbers) money and they don't want it without a struggle on my part.

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Old 02-07-2019, 08:28 PM   #4
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Sorry for your loss neighbor....

Jim, how about just keep paying the bills over there until u sell...

I believe the executor is entitled to 10% of estate before split...
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:18 AM   #5
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That's probably what I should have done, but they make it very difficult for someone not on the account to even pay the bills. Right now it seems like the easiest thing to do is let the bills lapse until I can finish up probate and set up a trust and autopay out of that.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:31 AM   #6
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Hey Jim, sorry for your loss.

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Old 02-15-2019, 01:38 PM   #7
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That's probably what I should have done, but they make it very difficult for someone not on the account to even pay the bills. Right now it seems like the easiest thing to do is let the bills lapse until I can finish up probate and set up a trust and autopay out of that.
Funny, when my mom was in the hospital a couple years back I was paying her bills with MY checks, and all the companies (cable, water and electric had no problems accepting them.

Maybe it was because my mom was still living?

In any case, I'm sorry for your loss and the crap that you have to deal with.

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Old 02-16-2019, 11:03 AM   #8
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That's exactly it. If I had just said I wanted to change the address the bills go to I'd have been fine, but I tried to be honest, do the right thing, keep the lights on, and, NOPE! So I'm not paying anyone anything until the probate deal is done.

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