If I start a sole proprietorship and I get sued, are my parents liable too?

I’m 20 but am still considered a dependent.

Asked on September 19, 2015 under Business Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, as you are over 18, your parents are not liable for your wrongful acts, whether commited in the course of your business or otherwise they are only liable if they themselves do something which gives to liability, such as, for example, if they helped you to defraud a customer. Note though that if they let you use their car and you get into an accident, they could be liable if you were at fault any car owner parent or not could be liable if a oermitted driver is at fault in an accident. 

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