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Q: Is it legal for a power company from another state to demand payment from my friend?

It turns out her ex’s power bill is still in her name (they used to live together), and his late payments have been affecting her credit score. He lives in Indiana, while she is in Michigan. Today she called the company to get her name off of the bill, but now they’re demanding she pay for the last month. Obviously someone needs to pay the bill, but is it legal for them to demand it of her? Also, is it within her rights to demand that her ex pay the bill? Lastly, what is the best course of action for her to take from a legal perspective? Thank you for your time!

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Yes, it's legal for them to demand payment from her. Her name is on the bill, so it's her they will look to for payment; doesn't matter who actually lives there.

Your only possible recourse would be against the ex; but I assume there was a reason why the bill wasn't in his name to begin with, so even if you win a judgment against him, don't expect to be paid. Ultimately, probably not worth your friend's time or money to "fight" this. Pay the bill, get the name changed, and chalk it up to a life lesson learned.

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