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Surety Bonds

Surety bonds are required in practically every profession in the U.S. There are many different types of surety bonds, but all are essentially an agreement between three parties:

  • Principal: the person required to post a bond;
  • Obligee: the person or entity requiring the principal to be bonded; and
  • Surety: the institution providing a financial guarantee to the obligee on behalf of the principal.

If the principal fails to meet his or her obligations to the obligee – which could mean anything from complying with certain laws and regulations pertaining to a business license to meeting the terms of a specific contract – the surety may have to pay a claim to the obligee. A surety bond is a risk transfer mechanism and a legally binding contract.

Benefits of Surety Bonds

Surety bonds are purchased by a principal because they are required, either by a government entity or as a condition of a contract. However, these bonds provide benefits for the principal as well. They are a cost-effective alternative to posting cash directly with a trustee or the obligee or providing an irrevocable Letter of Credit in lieu of a surety bond.

As the principal, you pay a small percentage of the bond amount to the bonding company (surety) to provide a guarantee to the obligee, rather than parting with your liquid cash. Basically, when you purchase a surety bond, it is a form of credit extended to you.

The cost of a surety bond is based on three factors:

  • Type of surety bond
  • Amount of the bond
  • The risk level of the applicant

If you need a surety bond for professional purposes, contact our agent at Allen and Ballard Insurance Associates in Concord, North Carolina, for a quote.

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