Posted by: Carol Thomas at February 15 2018 07:14:06.
In legal cases involving loans without loan agreements, the court has to try to determine who is telling the truth about the terms of a loan, or even if a loan occurred. Even if you are lending to family or a friend you are certain would never cheat you, it is important to complete a free loan agreement template in order to protect your loan and the integrity of your relationship.
If a Lender is a company, and the Loan is being provided to a shareholder of that company, parties should be aware of division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth). Where the parties believe that division 7A applies to the Loan, they may wish to use an alternative agreement – the Division 7A Loan Agreement.
This agreement is subject to the broad principles of contract law. Where the Borrower has provided security, Lenders may wish to perfect that security in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).
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.