Did you ever have one of those days when you just want to scream? Of course you have, why do I even ask, you all have such busy crazy lives. My days are usually pretty quiet. Last year in February my aunt passed away at 91 years old. Her husband had passed away 2 years before her and they never had children. So my father and I were the designated trustees for the estate. So most of my time last year was spent working on their estate. My father being 85 was not able to help allot but did what he could which I am very thankful for. So I was closing accounts, opening bank accounts, sending letters, meeting with attorney several time, and had to sell two homes. I have to say that even though it is a very time consuming process we were very fortunate to sell both homes in the same year. We were actually able to close out the estate before the end of the year and do all the necessary tax stuff. Done, case closed.
At least that's what I thought. So about a month ago I got a letter from an insurance company asking for information. I of course called and did the usual waiting on hold which is always so much fun. Anyway the man I talked to told me that they just needed my uncle's death certificate to complete the file. This particular insurance policy payment ended when his wife died. So I sent what they requested and yesterday I receive another letter from the insurance company. So again today I do my waiting on hold again and this time I am told that there was another one. There was a policy that apparently my aunt never contacted them about after her husband passed away.
What gets me angry is the fact that we wrote letters regarding all of the accounts including the above mentioned one after my aunt passed. I was on the phone for hours with a person who told me which accounts would have a payout and which ones stopped after her death. So why now, a year later do I have to go through all of this again. How can these companies even stay in business when they don't even know what's going on. And don't get me started on the fact that we cashed several E-bonds at a certain bank and they had no record of them ever being cashed when it was time to do the taxes. (Being the good person that I am we still claimed them on the estate taxes) I just want to scream today!