Hello everyone! First post, and a bit desperate, so I hope I'm doing everything right.
My husband was emotionally and financially abused by a parent for essentially his whole life. When he turned 18, this parent took out a loan on supplies for a business that is not at all related to my husband's current profession. This debt is now over 20 years old, but was turned over to collections within the last 5 years.
My husband knew about a lot of the debts, but wasn't sure he knew about this one. He was made aware of it about 5 years ago, and his parent paid. Then his parent stopped paying and left this state with limited availability for contact.
We have been contacted by a very aggressive debt collection service. We put them in contact with his father who agreed to pay off the debt, and has since disappeared and not responding to our attempts to communicate with him.
We have requested that the company validate the debt, which they say they do not have to do since the phone call with his dad proved my husband knew about the debt and is responsible for it. I was hoping to be able to use the validation to file a police report or report the debt as identity theft, but the debt collectors told me it is past the statutes of limitations for us to be able to do that.
Has anyone ben through something similar to this before? We do not have the money to resolve it and it's causing my husband a great deal of distress.
We live in Tennessee.