Water/sewer bill on deceased father's home

by Lori D.
(Alabama)

My father died in February 2008. My sister and I paid all the bills that were due at that time and closed all the accounts except the water/sewer, because they refused to close the account unless we returned to the home (we both live out of the state) so that they could put a lock on the well (the home was not on city water). They have now turned the bill over to Keystone Municiple Collections in PA. and are trying to collect $1,154.92 from me. I refused to pay this because I never contracted for or used these services and for almost a year of the period they are billing me for, I was not the owner. The first 6 months after dad died, the home was in my mothers name due to a divorce oversight and for the last 5 months, it has belonged to a company who bought it at auction when we could not pay the property taxes. What can I do to stop them and is this legal?

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May 19, 2011
Water/sewer bill on deceased father's home
by: debtcollectionanswers.com

Unless the water/sewer account was in your name as well as your father's, you are not legally obligated to pay the debt. I recommend you contact a consumer law attorney in your area who helps consumers resolve debt collection problems for specific advice about what you should do. Your initial appointment should be free. Find out how to get FREE or low cost legal advice about debt collection from a consumer law attorney here.

Good luck resolving your problem!

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