What is a receiver bond?
Receiver (or Receivership) Bond Definition
A receiver bond is a type of court bond required of an appointed receiver. The bond ensures the receiver carries out their duties ethically and legally – or pays for any damages they cause if they fail.
Court Receiver Meaning
A “receiver” is a neutral party the court appoints to manage another party’s property and other assets (legal interests) in a court proceeding. The court gives the receiver legal custody of these assets and direction on how to proceed (i.e., how to liquidate and distribute them).
A “receivership” can help a lender recover funds if a borrower owes money or defaults on a loan (Investopedia). Receivership can help companies avoid bankruptcy and creditors recover missing funds. In short, a receivership can be set up to protect a company in financial trouble. The receiver is appointed to step in and manage operating and financial decisions for the company.
Get Your Receiver Bond:
- A receiver bond ensures an appointed receiver carries out their duties ethically and legally.
- The court will tell you the bond amount you need, and then you will pay a small percentage as your premium.
- If you don’t fulfill your receiver duties, the plaintiff in the case can file a claim against you.
- You must keep your bond active until your receiver duties officially end (as specified by the court).
How do receiver bonds work?
A receiver bond is a three-party agreement between an obligee (the court requiring the bond), a principal (the receiver who must post the bond), and a surety (the financial company that issues the bond).
The principal must fulfill their obligations and comply with all laws regarding their legal duties. If they fail, the plaintiff in the case can file a claim for any damages that result. The bond ensures payment for valid claims.
How much do receiver bonds cost?
The court will tell you the bond amount you need, and then you will pay a small percentage as your premium. The bond requirement will likely coincide with the value of the assets or property you are assigned to manage. If you have a high credit score and stable financials, you could pay as low as 1% of the bond amount.
How do I get my receivership bond?
You’ll likely need to provide the following items to complete the bond application and get approved for a receivership bond:
- A copy of your court order and the required bond amount
- Financial statements
- A completed bond application
Other Frequently Asked Questions
You may not be able to obtain a receiver bond if you have poor credit due to the high risk involved. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 888-435-4191 to speak with an agent about your situation.
If you don’t fulfill your receiver duties, the plaintiff in the case can file a claim against you. For example, if you commit embezzlement or misappropriate funds in your appointed role, you could face costly bond claims. The plaintiff can demand reimbursement for any damages you cause.
To settle the claim, your surety may cover the costs upfront. However, you will be held liable for reimbursing the surety for all expenses – plus fees and interest.
Bankruptcy trustee bonds are sometimes confused with receiver bonds, but they aren’t the same. Bankruptcy trustee bonds ensure trustees fulfill their appointed duties per the court’s ruling. A receiver (requiring a receiver bond) may be selected to manage a business’s assets until the court appoints a trustee in a bankruptcy case.
You must keep your bond active until your receivership duties officially end (as specified by the court). Typically, a receiver bond will remain active for one year after issuance. You may renew your bond before it expires if necessary.
Apply for a Receiver Bond in Your State
Apply for your receiver bond today by completing our simple bond application. We’ll ask for a copy of your court order or judgment, financial documents, and a credit release form. Once we’ve received and approved your application, you can pay for and print your bond!
Apply online or by calling us at 888-435-4191. One of our agents can quickly walk you through the process to get you bonded in a zip.
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