My difficult child 1 managed to get into some trouble while he was drunk when he was 16 (minor) resulting in minor damage. He was charged but was put on a years probation since this was his first offense. He received a bill from the property owners 10x the initial damage report. It seems rather than repairing the minor damage they completely upgraded the area where the damage was done. He's ignored the bills and now he has just received a letter from the property owners stating that if he does not pay the full amount in 10 days they will be putting the bill in the hands of a collection agency. The thing is, I know he was responsible for the damages and he would have paid for them if they had been the amount originally quoted (this is in light that he is a minor and there were no conditions placed by the court to reimburse the property owners). That being said, I look at it akin to someone buying a new car because he felt the security system of his old car was inadequate and charging the guy who broke into it the cost of the vehicle. Some questions: 1. Can collection agencies contact a minor? (He's 17 now, but the offense happened when he was a minor) 2. Can the collection agency come after the parents? 3. Would the property owners likely have used a collection agency knowing that going the way of lawyers and court is not feasible? Any help would be appreciated.