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I contacted both my bank and the bank holding the credit card to assure the end of autopay. I was assured by the credit card bank that the account was closed and no more payments would be removed via autopay but that the account was sent to the Estates Department (hence the form, I guess!). I am TRYING to be very careful here. My husband, an excellent man for the 19th century, didn't think I should know anything. "Don't worry about it!" was all that he'd say when I'd ask about these things. He was an engineer, but somehow forgot that $200,000 in insurance doesn't pay a $300,000 mortgage, so I'm doing all in my power to keep things from going off the rails until I can sell the house or modify the mortgage or do whatever I have to do to make ends meet. He was working (at 75!) when he died, so I lose his income and my SSI while my paraplegic son lives home with me! It's a rough time and I don't want to get into an even worse situation through stupidity.
Thanks for your help. I will send off the letter and ignore the Estates form.
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