Edward Johnson

I live in state of Maryland. My mother in law recently passed away. Yesterday we received a letter from a well known credit card company asking for the person in charge of her mother’s estate to contact them. Having taken care of her, we know that there were no monthly statements or notices or any such thing like that. My wife is wondering if she should contact them or not.

Asked on June 7, 2016 under Estate Planning, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Don't give them that information yet, but whomever it was addressed to (since they know about that person already) should just contact them and inquire what this about. If they won't tell you, just say that you can't pass the message on if you don't know what it's about. If they do tell and it seem legitimate (e.g. maybe she did have a credit card debt you did not know of), you can pass on to the personal representative to respond. If not legitimate-seeming, politely say goodbye. Since there is a chance its legitimate, that's why you don't want to automatically ignore it.


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