If a creditor passed away, how doI protect myself when dealing with the person that took the debt over?

I BAILED OUT MY BOYFRIEND IN 10/10 AND HAVE BEEN MAKING PAYMENTS AS ARRANGED.HOWEVER THE BAILBONDSMAN THAT I DEALT WITH PASSED AWAY 11/10, AND HIS COUSIN CALLED TO TELL ME SHE TOOK OVER THE OFFICE. I HAVE MADE 2 PAYMENTS TO HER AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY RECEIPTS YET. WHAT DO I DO?

Asked on January 5, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Maryland

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Every state has laws dealing with bail bondsmen.  If the cousin is not a licensed bail bondsman, there can be a whole lot of trouble with how and if the business will be continued to run.  You need to call the agency handling such matters (like the attorney general) and consider filing a complaint.  Next up, if you are paying, is it because you are listed as the surety? Can you simply have your boyfriend take over the payments for his own bond and have the bondsman take you off as surety?


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