Fairmax Law™ Founder Michael Jaafar speaks with Fox 2 News anchor, Murray Feldman about the dangers of co-signing for a loan. Learn more about this issue here, and about Fairmax Law’s Bankruptcy starting at $555 plus costs. Call them for a free same day over the phone consultation with a licensed attorney at 888-FAIRMAX.
How It Starts
So your friend, or brother, or grandson calls you and says “Good new, I was approved to lease my first car, and I am really happy about that because I need it for college. I’m thrilled!! There’s only one catch…I need a co-signor. Would you mind meeting me at the dealership tomorrow when I go to pick it up? You only have to sign your name on some papers, and I can get the car.”
What do you do? Say “NO!”
What protections do you have
To put it simply, you have no protections if the primary debtor on a debt stops paying it. If you co-signed on the loan, you will be stuck paying the entire balance. The only way out of that is to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. And to make matters worse, you will be responsible for the entire balance. Not just half of it.
And since the debtor needed you to co-sign for the loan in the first place, the creditor will know that you (the co-signor) are more collectible than the original debtor. That is why they needed you to co-sign in the first place.
Presumably, you had a job and paystubs, and the debtor did not. Or you had all of those things, and A plus credit. So you will be the main target when the debtor stops paying on the loan.
So the final conclusion is that you should never co-sign on a loan for anyone, unless you are willing and capable of paying the entire debt yourself.
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