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If you owned a small percentage of a company that closed and the primary owner used personal credit cards to finance it and now claimed bankruptcy can they charge you for the cc debt?

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April 20, 2005 7:46PM

This would depend upon the terms of the contract which established the debt. If your former partner was the sole personal guarantor of the debt, it doesn't matter who else owned the company. If you co-signed or were joint on the account, then you have shared liability, regardless of the outcome of the business venture. If you did happen to be jointly liable for this debt; his bankruptcy discharged all of his liability. You would now be 100% liable for the balance. Conversely, if you were an authorized user on this account, you do not meet the definition of "debtor" under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Although it is typical, it is not proper (or legal), for this to show on your credit report. Authorized user have NO liability for such accounts, even if they personally made the charges. Only account holders in a contractual agreement are legally liable for the debt.