Slightly abstract question but i'm after a single word that describes this:

Say your company buys another company that provides a service - is there a word that describes that you are still responsible for your previous customers paying for your service and indeed the customers that were previously paying for the services of the company you have now taken over?

e.g. a word describing the transfer of liabilities after acquisition

  • I don't know if this works in your case, but..."Goodwill ... can be considered as the amount by which the value of the business as a whole exceeds the assets minus the value of the company's liabilities." Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 16:41

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"Inherited liabilities" (of acquisition or merger) is what I might call them.

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialty diagnostics company Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPO), announced today it has settled its lawsuit with Crede Capital Group LLC, restructuring the final substantial liability of legacy payables inherited as part of the merger with Transgenomic in June 2017. (emphasis mine.)
(src: GlobeNewswire < Precipio, Inc.)

Devonshire-Ellis (Ed.) "Mergers & Acquisitions in China," p.30 (GoogleBooks)

An equity transaction is subject to full approval of the Chinese authorities and thus is time-consuming and may also expose you to existing liabilities. An investor will assume all of the existing obligations, liabilities and restrictions of the target company so careful due diligence must be carried out. Despite the greater risks from inherited liabilities, equity acquisitions tend to still be more popular in China compared to asset acquisitions, … …. (emphasis mine.)

  • Thank you sir, we are after a single word that apparently may exist...
    – Shabbash18
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 10:37
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    @Shabbash18 there's no guarantee of a single word and even if one existed, a multi word term may actually be more idiomatic.
    – Mitch
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 11:36
  • @Shabbash18 Inherited is a single word. (Look at its use in the first quote provided.) You haven't given us an example sentence in which a single word could be placed that would prevent its use. Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 15:47

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