Surety refers to an agreement that makes sure that one party will receive what they are owed from the other party. The person or organization who will have to pay the debt in the event the debtor cannot make the payments is referred to as the surety or the guarantor.
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How Do Surety Bonds Work?
Surety is most helpful when one party is uncertain whether the other party will be able to fulfill the requirements of the contract. In order to reduce risk and ensure that they receive what they are owed, one party may require the other party to enter the contract with a surety or guarantor. One advantage of surety is that it reduces the risk of the party doing the lending. Another advantage is that the borrower may enjoy lower interest rates due to the reduced risk.
A surety bond is a contract that is legally binding. This contract is entered by the surety, the principal, and the obligee. The obligee refers to the party that requires the bond. The principal refers to the party who must pay the debt. The surety refers to the party that is responsible for guaranteeing payment of the debt. In many cases, the obligee is a government entity. The principal is typically an independent contractor or a business owner.
In general, a surety bond does nothing unless the principal is not able to make the payments that are due to the obligee in a timely manner. The guarantor will then be responsible for paying the obligee what they are owed. However, this in no way means that the principal is off the hook. The guarantor will continue to try to collect the amount of the debt from the principal. One of the main advantages of a surety bond for the obligee is that it saves them from having to spend time and resources trying to recollect the money that they are owed. However, while this may make a surety bond sound like insurance, there are many key differences between the two.
There are many advantages that a business can enjoy by being bonded. If you're interested in how surety bonds can benefit your business and your customers, don't hesitate to contact us. You can also reach out to us if you want to learn more about how surety bonds work.