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I cosigned for a loan and the friend has disappeared and…

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Hello. I cosigned for a loan and the friend has disappeared and stopped paying. Can I sue her for all of the payments I've made?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

I'm now in Ohio, but we both lived in Michigan at the time.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

It's a private student loan. There is a comaker release form but she won't fill it out to remove me.

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That's about it.

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Yes, you can sue your friend for defaulting on the loan.

You most likely can file a suit in small claims court.

However small claims courts cap out around $8000 - $10,000 so depending on the total sum paid you may end up needing to file through civil court.

You did sign off on the loan as a co-signer so you unfortunately did voluntarily accept liability for the loan in the event that it was defaulted.

However if your friend has disappeared and is simply being negligent or irresponsible with regards ***** ***** loan, then it is likely you can obtain a judgment in your favor.

Do you know of your friend's whereabouts?

You'll need to file suit in the county where they reside, as they would have jurisdiction over your former friend.

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