If my ex-boyfriend left me with debt from his former business, what do I do?

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If my ex-boyfriend left me with debt from his former business, what do I do?

I’m getting bills from unpaid debt with my name on them from my exboyfriends former business he was a contractor. I only wrote one check to the company to help him out, but I wasn’t involved in the project. They are trying to come after me for the debt and won’t take my name off the invoices. My ex-boyfriend left for Montana and cannot be reached. What are my options?

Asked on July 18, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you can prove that you were not an owner of the business and/or were not personally involved in some other way in that project, you should not be liable for any amounts due. You can try to prove this to the creditors yourself, but since it can be hard to prove a "negative"--i.e. that you were  not involved--you are advised  to retain an attorney to help you sort this out. If the amount at stake is less than the cost of a lawyer, you may wish to consider paying it or trying to settle for a mutually agreeable amount as being the most expedient way to resolve the situation.


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