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Boyfriend signs Girlfriend's Checks: Forgery?

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We have a case where a girlfriend has lived with her boyfriend for eighteen months. He signed her name to the checks to pay rent and bills. Has the girlfriend ratified this type of technical forgery?

I am not aware of any bright line definition of ratification. However, it's usually very hard to press a forgery case against anyone when you have benefited from the transactions. In this case, unless the bills the boyfriend paid were his own individual obligations, I don't think the young lady has a case to press against anyone.

First published on 5/31/10

First published on 05/31/2010

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