If I understand correctly "they" are the children, and for the sale of your father's home, my suggestion would beto sell it as quickly as possible if you are sure about seeling the home, in order not miss the hot market activity.
Market usually slows down in the winter, you can get the best price from now unitl November.
Feel free to contact me for free consultation, I will be able to help you with any real estate questions that you might have.
Robert Gevorkian, CNE, Broker
tel: (310) 994-9090
Is They the bank?
Is they Your Sister?
Is they your daughter?
Did your daughter not pay the bank?
Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
Sounds like a tough situation for you and your family. When you say "they" are you refering to a bank? And do you mean to short sale the property? The utilities will still need to be paid, and probably by you and your family.
I'm so sorry for your lose. My sister and I were in the same boat as you are. I'm a little confused though as to the "they" are that is making you sale the house now. As far as Utilities go whoever's name is on the accounts is who is responsible for paying. The bills will be attached to the individual not the house. Has the house been listed yet? If not I have some ideas that might be able to help you with the Utility bills. Feel free to give me a call and we can talk about the possibilities.