162 – Three Things To Get Right In A Personal Guarantee

In Show 162 originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Dec 24, 2018 we explore this interesting topic.

Show Notes

Debt is everything to a young business.  Unless you’re already independently wealthy it’s the only way to fund your business.  But your business is only going to get access to credit if you are going to personally guarantee the loan.  Personal Guarantees are an essential business tool.  You may want to deploy them when you are giving products or services to your customers on credit.  But you have to get them right. Here are some ways personal guarantees can go wrong.

  • Not getting it in writing
    If someone hasn’t signed a personal guarantee in writing it’s not worth anything.  Make sure that’s it’s been drafted correctly and that it’s actually binding.

  • All guarantors have to sign
    If you have two or three guarantors listed but only one signs it it still may be unenforceable.

  • Must cover all entities
    You have someone with multiple structures setup you need to make sure they are bound by the agreement.  People can hide behind structures. Find the one that actually has the money!

More about this Show

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