Posted by: Marquita Moore at February 05 2018 15:28:45.
While these may not be things that lenders want to consider when loaning to someone they trust, it is important to protect both parties when lending money. If the person borrowing the money will not be able to pay it back for several months, they might feel more comfortable with the protection of a loan agreement template that states that prior to the exchange of funds. Filling out and signing a free loan agreement template takes very little time and effort, but can prevent many legal and personal problems later on.
If the Lender is in the business of providing loans, the provision of the National Credit Code under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) may apply. Lenders should review whether the provisions of that Act apply to their lending activities and ensure that they are in compliance with the rules that apply to Australian credit licence holders by tailoring this agreement accordingly.
In addition to the above information, some lenders add additional provisos to a loan agreement. Again, the terms of the loan must be clear. The borrow must agree to the terms in the document. Both the borrower and lender sign the agreement when the draft is complete. A witness is recommended but not always a legal necessity. A lender and/or borrower will need to find out the laws where you reside to see if a witness or notary public must see the parties sign the document, then both parties will have to provide proof of identification before signing in front of a legal notary.
Co-signer responsibilities: If the borrower is allowing a co-signer to also sign for the loan, the details of the co-signer’s responsibilities must be in the document. The co-signer is an option for borrowers who have little to no credit or who are young and just starting to build credit.