Loaning money to a borrower always carries the inherent risk that the borrower can't or won't pay back the money. There is also a risk to the borrower that the lender reneges on the loan or refuses to make the funds available.
In either of those scenarios, a Loan Agreement provides the basis for legal action. The borrower may be forced by a court to repay the borrower according to the terms in the agreement. A court can also compel the lender to go through with the Loan Agreement if the borrower chooses to pursue it.
A Loan Agreement is a legally-binding document that establishes the conditions of a loan between a borrower and a lender. Loan Agreements can be used for business loans, personal loans, and all other types of loans.
Once a Loan Agreement is signed, neither party can change their minds about the terms. The lender must honor the promise to provide money to the borrower, and the borrower must repay that money as stipulated in the Loan Agreement.
Depending on your state, jurisdiction, or context, a Loan Agreement may also be known as:
I Owe You (IOU)
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Guarantor: A person who is legally responsible for the loan in case the borrower can't pay it back
Secured Loan: A type of loan that requires the borrower to pledge an asset or assets as collateral
Collateral: Any assets that the lender can take in exchange for the loan amount if the borrower fails to repay
Variable Rate: An interest rate that can change during the course of the loan
Origination Fee: A fee that a lender can charge the borrower to process the loan
Default: When the borrower fails to repay the loan
Any individual or organization that needs to provide a legal framework for the terms of a loan can do so through the use of a Loan Agreement. Loan Agreements don't need to be any more complicated than the terms of a loan require.
When loaning money between friends and family, many people choose not to use a Loan Agreement. However, using a Loan Agreement can be a wise decision in any situation in which a borrower receives money from a lender.
Loan Agreements aren't necessarily a sign of distrust between the two parties involved in a loan. Instead, think of a Loan Agreement as standard practice when lending or borrowing money. There is no good reason for either party to want to avoid a Loan Agreement if it is entered in good faith.
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Personal Information of the Borrower: Name and address of the person who's borrowing money and responsible for the repayment
Personal Information of the Lender: Name and address of the person who's lending money and entitled to receive the repayment
Principal Amount: The amount of money in question
Interest: Money that is paid in excess of the loan amount as a condition of the loan
Security: Any assets that will be used as collateral
Maturity Date: Date by which the borrower is required to repay the money
Default: How many days of nonpayment constitute a default
Dispute Resolution: If a dispute about the loan arises, will it be settled through a court of law or arbitration?
Governing State: Which of the state's laws will apply to the terms of the Loan Agreement?
A Loan Agreement needs to be signed by the borrower and the lender. Loan Agreements don't need to be notarized, but you may choose to do so to avoid any legal complications.
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Yes, there are several types of promissory notes. The difference between them depends on due dates and payment structure.
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An event of default is a condition which, if met, will cause the principal and all accrued interest to be made immediately due and payable. Such events include:
Both documents serve as evidence of a debt between two parties, but a Promissory Note is generally less complex than a Loan Agreement.
A Loan Agreement is more formal and usually easier to enforce in a legal setting. Promissory Notes are still legally-binding, but a loan agreement might be a better option if there are multiple borrowers or if the loan involves a large sum of money.
No. Promissory notes do not need to be notarized. The borrower only needs to sign the document to make it legally enforceable. A witness may be helpful if one party contests the note, but a notary is not necessary. However, the use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.
No, collateral can be pledged in any amount. The only intervening factor is whether the borrower and the lender agree on a specific asset to be used as collateral.
If the collateral's value exceeds the debt, and the lender recovers more than the outstanding balance of the loan, the surplus amount is returned to the borrower or other debtors.
There is no set interest rate for Promissory Notes, but rates cannot be chosen frivolously. Most states have usury laws to ensure interest rates don't exceed a reasonable limit.
A good place to start is by checking one of the many rate calculators offered on most major banks' websites. You can also choose to charge no interest if the loan is for a friend or family member.
If a Promissory Note is not backed by any collateral, there's no material asset you can seize in lieu of payment. However, that doesn't mean you're out of options.
Even unsecured Promissory Notes should have a clause establishing actions that will follow a default. Typically, these actions may include hiring a collection agency or taking legal action through a civil suit.
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