my mother passed away in july of 2012 do I have to change any of utility bills we are in probate process now
Utility companies generally only care that they get paid; however, down here in South Florida Florida Power and Light is generally the quickest company to be aware of a death and ask how the Personal Representative wants the account re-titled. Ask your probate lawyer if you have to change the utility bills.
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I agree with Counsel. Usually the bills get titled to the Estate of the deceased until distribution of assets is finalized. You should speak to the Probate Attorney handling the Estate.
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At this late juncture it is advisable to notify the utility companies and close any existing utility accounts. The accounts can be re-opened in the name of the Personal Representative and billed to the Estate.
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