If someone asks you to help secure a financial institution loan, they usually require you to become a guarantor.
As a guarantor, you have more assets or better credit so you can help the borrower secure a loan. The guarantor and lender, and borrower/debtor are to enter into a Guaranty Agreement.
A Guaranty Agreement is a legally binding contract where the guarantor agrees to be responsible to the lender if the debtor defaults.
This agreement provides additional assurance to the lender that the borrower or debtor would be able to service the loan – on the back of the guarantor if necessary.
Somebody should only choose to enter into a Guaranty Agreement with a person who deserves their trust or desire to help.
Depending on your state, a Guaranty Agreement may also be known as:
Guaranty Agreements are not uncommon with lending institutions, which may request borrowers to enlist a guarantor's higher creditworthiness, especially for more substantial loans. Of course, you will not have to prepare your own agreement if you are working with a lending institution. You can also act as a guarantor to a private or individual lender.
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To be legally enforceable, the Guaranty Agreement requires the signatures of all parties included in the agreement in the presence of a witness. In certain jurisdictions, the witness has to be a notary public.
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Guaranty Agreements come with all levels of conditions and restrictions. An absolute Guaranty Agreement doesn’t have any conditions for the creditor. If a Guaranty Agreement does not record any restrictions, it defaults to being absolute. By contrast, a conditional Guaranty Agreement means that in the event of a default, there exist other conditions.
The guarantor can be a corporation or an individual. And by extension, the former would get involved in a Corporate Guaranty Agreement and the latter a Personal Guaranty Agreement.
A promissory note is essentially a type of loan agreement. It can also be a financial instrument used as documented proof of money owed. More formal than IOUs, promissory notes can involve a collateral asset, which is called a secured promissory note. In contrast, an unsecured promissory note is one that is not secured by collateral or anything.
A limited guaranty is a Guaranty Agreement where the guarantor is only guaranteeing a loan up to a specific amount. In this instance, the contract or agreement must clearly state the amount guaranteed, if it is not the same as the amount of the loan. This type of guaranty is most commonly seen in mortgage agreements, though not exclusively.
If the borrower defaults on the loan, the creditor has a right to ask for the total owed immediately from the guarantor if and only if there is an acceleration clause in the Guaranty Agreement, in which case the guarantor would be on the hook for the full amount owed at the lender's request.
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