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A Loan Agreement between a lender and a borrower makes it possible to enforce the terms of the transaction in court.

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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.

What Is a Loan Agreement?

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.

Other Names for Loan Agreement

Depending on your state, jurisdiction, or context, a Loan Agreement may also be known as:

  • Promissory Note

  • Term Loan

  • I Owe You (IOU)

  • Note Payable

By using the attorney-vetted forms on 360 Legal Forms, you'll ensure that you have the correct type and wording of the form you need for your jurisdiction.

Loan Agreement Terms

  • 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

Who Needs a Loan Agreement

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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What Information Will I Need to Create My Loan Agreement?

To create your document, please provide:

  • 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?

Loan Agreement Signing Requirements

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.

What to Do With Your Loan Agreement

After creating and signing your Loan Agreement with 360 Legal Forms, you can download and print as many copies as you like. Both the borrower and the lender should retain a signed copy for their personal records. There is no need to file a Loan Agreement at the Recorder's Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. As a private lender, you can choose to charge any interest rate you wish, including no interest rate. As long as the borrower agrees to the terms of the Loan Agreement, the interest is valid. You should note that charging an unreasonable interest rate could have unfavorable tax consequences. Business lenders may also be subject to the individual state's usury law.

A secured loan is beneficial for both parties if they can reach an agreement on collateral assets. If a borrower cannot repay a loan, the lender may have the right to seize and liquidate the assets in collateral to recoup the loan. Otherwise, the lender will have to resort to a court's judgment that can only be used against specific assets.

Maybe. A standard loan agreement doesn't need to be witnessed at signing, nor does it need to be notarized. However, depending on the complexity of the terms of the loan and the intervening state laws, witnesses may be required. You may choose to have a witness to aid in the enforcement of the loan terms.

A Loan Agreement is a legally-binding contract. As such, it leaves little recourse for a unilateral breach. In some cases, a borrower and a lender can come to an understanding about dissolving the Loan Agreement, but failing to meet the obligations will otherwise result in a default.

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