Posted by: Arlene Kuehner at March 06 2018 15:33:09.
A loan agreement is a written document that sets the terms of money or personal property that is to be borrowed by someone else for a period of time. The borrower is given the full sum of the loan on the first (1st) on the day of commencement and must pay back the lender along with any interest stated. The interest is usually computed as a yearly percentage (also referred as an APR).
A simple loan agreement is a legal document that allows a lender to give access to money to a borrower with the intent on being paid back, at a specific particular date, and with interest. The amount of interest, usually described as a percentage (%) and compounded over a yearly basis, should be negotiated by the parties and may not be over the State’s usury limit. Once signed by the borrower and lender and all funds have been disbursed the agreement is legally binding and if the borrower defaults the lender may pursue legal action through small claims courts.
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.
It is the lender’s responsibility to determine the credit worthiness of the borrower. The borrower’s trustworthiness can be evaluated through credit reports and references. The borrower might also consider things like the length of time the borrower has lived somewhere or the amount of time at a job. The lender should read over the loan agreement draft to see if all the provisions and writings are accurate. The lender’s signature will convey that the document is read, understood, and accurate.