DeKalb resident struggling to pay deceased father-in-law’s $9K water invoice, says county gained’t let him – WSB-TV Channel 2

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A household needs to pay the hundreds of {dollars} owed on the water invoice of a lifeless relative, however says DeKalb County officers gained’t allow them to.

It’s almost $9,000 Larry Sipes says he’s been making an attempt to repay for weeks.

“They gained’t even let a person like me pay the invoice,” Mr. Sipes mentioned.

However Mr. Sipes says each he and his spouse have been blocked from paying off his deceased father-in-law’s water invoice.

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He instructed Channel 2 investigative Reporter Ashli Lincoln, “It’s simply making issues worse and worse”.

Debbie Sipes mentioned her 50-year-old brother who was dwelling within the house immediately handed away and when going by way of paperwork they found these water payments.

“It’s irritating, it’s scary, and it angers me,” Mrs. Sipes mentioned.

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Sipes instructed Channel 2 Motion Information the account was by no means transferred to her brother’s identify after her father’s passing.

The Sipes mentioned once they attempt to pay, they’re instructed the account quantity for the billed account doesn’t match county data. And even when the account numbers matched, the Sipes say they couldn’t pay as a result of they’re not the court-appointed administrator of the property.

“This is quite common,” lawyer Ashley Black mentioned.

Property planning lawyer Ashley Black says a variety of Georgia households don’t have an property plan. Most utility businesses require administrative deeds to entry a deceased beloved one’s account, even when it’s simply to make a cost.

‘That’s why having the letters of administration [is] crucial as a result of they know that the individual I’m giving this private info to is the person who’s in control of this individual’s property,” Black mentioned.

Channel 2 Motion Information reached out to Dekalb County to look into Sipes’ water invoice. A county spokesperson mentioned they’re wanting into this matter.

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