SURETY
PRIMER

You’ve paid us a visit because you have a bond need, or are looking for information, so let’s begin with a surety bond primer. They generally fall into two categories – Contract and Commercial.Click below to learn more

CONTRACT SURETY

These are the “tickets to the dance”. No ticket – you can’t get into the dance. Must be submitted with the bid as evidence of good faith of your intent to enter into a contract for the project, if awarded. It is largely a prequalification tool that indicates your company is qualified to perform what is required under the contract. At the same time it provides the project owner with a means of recovering additional costs incurred should you decline to enter into the contract.
Build the project to specification, within the time allowed and for the price bid and all is well. If not, this Bond compensates the project owner for direct economic damages incurred by the contractor’s default.

Labor & Material Payment Bond

Build the project to specification, within the time allowed and for the price bid and all is well. If not, this Bond compensates the project owner for direct economic damages incurred by the contractor’s default.

COMMERCIAL SURETY

License & Permit

This is an extremely broad category that runs the gamut from quite benign to extremely risky. The permit obligation may be as simple as ensuring scaffolding is properly erected so as to protect the public, or comply with the statutory requirements of being a notary public. On the other hand, you can also find bonds in this category that guarantee the payment of taxes, or union benefits. Clearly a heightened level of risk.

Court & Probate

Probate bonds emanate from matters involving the liquidation of a deceased person’s estate, or the long term care of an “incompetent person” whether they be mentally or physically impaired, or a very young person. Court bonds result from litigation proceedings and are usually imposed by the Court to guarantee the payment of expenses, damages and/or judgments.

Financial Guarantee

The financial backing of a transaction using the balance sheet of an insurance company is rare, and subject to stringent rules and oversight by the various state departments of insurance. There are very few surety companies willing to consider such bonds, but if they do it must be in a special purpose entity where the risk is isolated.
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