Business Loans from Family - A Good Idea?
Can I Ask my Family for a Loan to Pay Off my Debts?
One option is to ask your family for help. Asking for financial help is always a tough decision, but sometimes it is the best option. In most cases a loan from the family would be interest free, but it is a good idea to add on interest or include something extra when the loan is repaid.
Remember, that any money loaned to you from a family member would have earned interest for that person, so it is a good idea to recompense in some way equal to the interest lost.
The important thing is that if you borrow from your family they must be repaid. Put in place a plan that will enable repayment of that debt, plus interest if necessary, within a particular time.
Don't take the loan for granted and don't at any time "use" your family. Any losses you cause to your family will bring about irreparable damage to the relationships, as well as financial losses to the members concerned.
Loans among Family Members
It is a good idea to document things because that family member or you could die and the details of the loan would be hard to put together. It doesn't have to be a legal document, but it should clearly outline who is the lender and who is the borrower and the amounts concerned. It should also outline the interest payable and the repayments that have to be made, either monthly or quarterly.
The final thing it should contain is the date the loan should be repaid by. Make sure the document clearly establishes that it is not a gift, but that it is a loan. There are a few things that create problems within families and destroy relationships more than loans that are made and not repaid. Set out a plan for repayment and keep to it.
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