What is a Surety Bond
A surety bond is a contract under which a third party guarantees that the performance of an agreed upon obligation will be made by a second party, usually the principal, to the first party, usually the surety. The most common forms of surety are Contract Surety Bonds and Guaranteed Debt Security Bonds. It is important to note that there are no insurance requirements to hold a surety bonding. If you have any doubts about the type of bonds, you should consider getting an attorney to review your surety bonds.  

Contract Surety Bonds

These are typically used in business situations. There are many types of business surety bonds, such as business credit cards, business loans, business leases, and vendor and customer contracts. Businesses often use these as a means to protect themselves against loss due to the failure of the business or the inability of the business to pay vendors, customers, or taxes.  

Guarantor Bonds

These are also commonly used in business. They can be used to assure employees or vendors of the company's responsibility for paying their invoices. In most cases, there will be an additional guarantee in the form of a surety bond between the business and the surety. This type of bond generally requires the business to purchase certain assets or bonds, which would include inventory, land, etc., and guarantee a minimum level of payments from the surety in exchange for the guarantee.  

Guaranteed Debt Security Bonds

Guaranteed debt security bonds are used in financial situations such as purchasing a home. The surety bonds provide assurance that a lender will recover the debt amount if the loan goes into default and the business has to move out of the property. Typically, this type of bond can require that the business have a minimum amount of cash on hand as a basis for the amount of debt the business must recover.   Another form of a surety bond is a Commercial Liability Bond. Commercial liability bonds can be used to protect a company, a business, or an individual. These types of bonds usually have stricter requirements than other types of bonds. They are generally issued by companies such as insurance companies, banks, mortgage lenders, and financial institutions. To provide the surety with security in exchange for guaranteed payments from the surety and the principal.   When it comes to choosing the type of surety bonds you will need to make a decision based on the type of business you are in and the amount of risk you are willing to accept. It is best to consult an Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer or legal professional to help you determine what forms of surety bonds will work best for your business.