Can my sorority force me to pay a bill after I quit?

I quit my sorority almost a year ago after being classified as inactive for 6 months. Now they want me to pay fees from when I was inactive. Do they have any legal power to force me to pay?

Asked on September 21, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you can be forced to pay dues for the time you were inactive depends entirely on what you agreed to as a member of the sorority. You'd need to look at any sorority rules or regulations, any paperwork you signed, etc. and see what your obligations are. There is no hard-and-fast or general rule for situations like this--it is equally legal to bill people for inactive time or to not bill them for while thhey were inactive. The question of fees depends on what you agreed to. If there's ambiguity and you think they might sue or send you to collections, you may wish to ask yourself  if the money you'd potentially save is worth the costs, monetary, inconveniencee, time, etc. of fighting it. Good luck.


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