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 useless relative, however says DeKalb County officers gained’t allow them to.

It’s practically $9,000 Larry Sipes says he’s been attempting to repay for weeks.

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

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

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

Debbie Sipes stated her 50-year-old brother who was residing within the dwelling instantly 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 stated.


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

The Sipes stated after 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,” legal professional Ashley Black stated.

Property planning legal professional Ashley Black says plenty of Georgia households don’t have an property plan. Most utility businesses require administrative deeds to entry a deceased liked 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 particular person I’m giving this private info to is the individual that’s in command of this particular person’s property,” Black stated.

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

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