Peabody, MA asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Collections and Juvenile Law for Massachusetts

Q: Am I liable for my underage son's eBay and PayPal account balances

My 14 year old son secretly created an ebay and a paypal account. On the eBay account he sold a few items, the money was transferred to the PayPal account where he spent it on in video game purchases. He never sent the items and eBay issued the buyers a refund along with service charges which put both his accounts into the negative. I know the both account types require the user to be 18 so I'm not sure how he got through to successfully create and use these accounts. As a parent am I legally liable for these charges? Not sure if it matters but we reside in Massachusetts.

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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A: Yes, you may indeed be sued for that. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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