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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What Furniture?

Sue, the executor of her dad Luke’s estate in the probate court, is deciding about paying the creditor claims she has received from people saying Luke owed them money.  

Six of them were about what she expected, although her attorney told her about a few late fees and other charges that she would not have to pay.  However, the $20,000 claim from a feng shui consultant is not what she expected.  She remembers that her dad did talk to an interior decorator about two months before his death, but Luke said he didn’t like what she had to say and wasn’t buying anything.

Sue does not have to pay the bill just because the consultant sent in a claim to the probate.  As executor, she can request more information.  Then she can challenge the bill in court if nothing can be worked out with the consultant.

Here, the consultant’s more detailed bill shows the ordering of custom-made furniture to the tune of $13,000, plus a $5,000 fee to the consultant.  Delivery charges of approximately $2,000 are expected, with some deliveries supposedly already made. 

Sue did live with Luke, so she knows that no new furniture has yet come.  Plus, from her previous conversations with her father, she thinks he never ordered any furniture.  So she has decided to “deny” the claim to force the consultant to prove the claim in court.

For advice on taking care of a deceased family member’s bills and assets, call our office at (815) 436-1996 for an appointment.  © 2014 Gruber Law Office, Ltd.


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