Originally Posted by donheff
You may be correct. But if they have been properly notified and fail to take action they clearly don't care enough to take care of business. The laughter from the staffer speaks volumes about the company. The laughter is probably closer to disdain for their poorly run organization.
Don't get me wrong... that was very poor behavior and could not have been how the company wanted to represent their orgranization.
My point... if that business has a bad employee... it is not a good reason to not pay them. Chances are someone is likely to come looking for their money anyway. I have to believe they have an billing and accounting department that follows up on that sort of thing.
I would notify them with a registered letter... I would have the attorney do it and retain it in the files... and move on with the process.
That way if the issue ever comes up after it is done, I could prove I was making reasonable efforts to complete the job.
Just from a practical POV..
One thing the executor (usually) tries to do is to close it up as quickly as possible. But everything has to be accounted for to the court. Bills that show up late just cause everyone more hassle.. documents that account for every penny have to be changed, reviewed again.... even down to interest accrued on accounts.
If I were the executor... I would want to get the bill settled. Because if there are any problems... I am the one that will have to deal with it!!!