There has historically been a considerable amount of confusion about the question, “What is a surety bond?”, and what they’re all about, although some businessmen and the actual parties to a bond are much better informed. They are worth understanding though, because sureties serve a very useful purpose in the business world, and act as a kind of guarantee of professionalism when employed. Chubb Surety does a phenominal job discussing them.
What is a Security Bond? In essence, Bond are a mechanism for the transfer of risk to another business entity, taking the form of a legally binding contract between three parties:
- Financing company – known as the ‘surety’, this party provides financial backing which would be claimed by the obligee party in the event that terms of the agreement are not lived up to by the principal. Obligor in other words.
- Principal – the party which requires bonds is known as a principal, who purchases them as a guarantee of future work performance
- Obligee – the entity requiring bonds, often an agency of the government, seeking to lessen its risk of financial loss.
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There are different types of sureties, each of which has a distinct business function:
- contractor bond – when a bond is associated with a specific contract, this is the kind of bond which would be purchased. The Miller Act applies to all government jobs valued at $100,000 or more, and requires government contractors to post bonds guaranteeing job performance as well as payments to sub-contractors.
- license bond – this type is not related to a specific contract, but is still a bond which may be required of you, often for the purpose of obtaining a permit or license to operate within a particular area of interest, such as a state or municipal region.
- court bond – a bond which the court system requires, and is imposed upon one of the parties in a legal case.
- fidelity bond – this type protects your company against poor performance, employee theft, or other damage, and is not actually required by any party, but serves as insurance.
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How Do They Work:
Bond works as a kind of insurance to the obligee that the conditions of a contract will be met, and if those conditions are not met, the obligee would then have the option of claiming the monetary value of the bond, as provided by an authorized surety company. If a claim is made, then the principal would be responsible for re-paying the surety. Presumably the surety company would already have assessed the principal’s ability to repay, and has confidence in that ability.
If you or your company are obliged to purchase a sureties the expectation is that you will fulfill the terms of the agreement completely, and if you don’t, a claim is likely to be made – which you will have to pay in full, on top of any legal expenses which may be incurred, if a court case is involved.
What is a Surety?
You could say that a sureties are a combination of insurance and credit. For the obligee, it acts as insurance because this party can file a claim for reimbursement if the terms of agreement are not met. For the principal, it works as something like credit, and any claim must be repaid by this party to their surety. The obligee can file a claim as reimbursement for any losses sustained as a result of the principal failing to live up to obligations, and the surety company is obliged to pay all valid claims, as long as they are less than or equal to the bond amount. Nationwide bonding is knowledgeable about sureties.
How To Get One:
The first step in obtaining one is to determine exactly which kind you need, and although this sounds trivial, it can be critical. If you purchase the wrong kind of bond for a specific situation, it will not be honored by the involved surety company, and you would have lost all hope of being compensated for any losses. this is where Surety by NFP can help! Contact us, or simply fill out our easy online application, and get bonded in no time!
It’s fairly easy to apply for one these days, since the basics can all be done online. Anything that you don’t fill out properly, or which is not clearly understood, can be resolved when a bonding agent calls you. For instance, contract bonds often require additional information, which you can supply during that telephone conversation.
In most cases, the party requesting the bond will be required to sign an indemnity agreement, which contains the specific terms to be fulfilled by the surety in the event of a claim. This document would then need to be signed and notarized, then returned to the surety. At this time, the involved principal would then be required to pay the cost of bond issuance, using a credit card or other form of payment. Once payment has been finalized, the actual bond would then be issued, and would be in effect from that moment on.
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