Posted by: Arlene Kuehner at February 12 2018 16:14:49.
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.
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.
What, exactly, was the amount of the money owed? Most importantly, a loan agreement makes it clear that the money given was, in fact, a loan – and not a gift. Also, it tidies up the loan by setting out payment requirements. Is the loan to be paid back in installments, or all by a certain date? Is there any interest being charged on the loan, or late charges if the loan is not paid back?
Sale of the loan proviso: A lender might want to include the option of selling the loan to another party. This allows the lender to free themselves from the agreement through the sale, while still recouping some money. The loan buyer then becomes the creditor. The borrower remains the debtor and must repay the new loan holder.