New York, NY asked in Collections for New York

Q: My mother died and the gas company has turned her name into a collection agency. Who is responsible for the bill?

She had no life insurance. Her estate consists of a car and $300.00. I am an only child and she left what she had to me in her will. The agency added a thousand dollars to what was owed bringing the bill up to $3,989.75. Am I responsible for this and should I get a lawyer? Thanks in advance for your response.

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Yasmin Gamboa
Yasmin Gamboa
  • Belleville, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: Her estate is responsible for debts. Any money left should go to pay the debt, if she died destitute then you may not be responsible for debt, but if there was enough money left to pay all or part you would need to do that. Try working it out with the electric company. And yes if you don't have the money and they insist you pay, then contact a lawyer.

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