Co-Signing Loans La Plata MD

If you have good credit, you may be asked to co-sign for a loan in La Plata at some point. Perhaps your child needs to borrow money to buy her own car but has never had any credit in her name. Or maybe your cousin is recently divorced and needs to borrow money to make a new start.

Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
120 Waterfront Street, Suite 410
National Harbor, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Timothy Wesling
Wesling Financial Planning Services Corp.
(703) 535-8280
101 N. Columbus Street, Suite 402
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CDFA, CFP®, CMFC

Mr. John W Jilek, CFP®
(301) 932-0305
9375 Chesapeake St Ste 107
La Plata, MD
Firm
Edward Jones Investments

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Mr. Roger Bruce Merrick, CFP®
(301) 934-9219
PO Box 672
La Plata, MD
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Frank L. Nelson, CFP®
(301) 396-4647
8200 Bishopsgate Ln
White Plains, MD
Firm
Nelson Financial Planning Services, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Government and Military
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
211 North Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mrs. Christine M. Parker, CFP®
(866) 681-7526
9300 Endowment Pl
La Plata, MD
Firm
Parker Financial, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Business Executives

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Mr. Tim Murphy, CFP®
(301) 392-1957
108 La Grange Ave
La Plata, MD
Firm
Murphy's Law Firm, LLC

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Mr. David C. Lohff, CFP®
(301) 934-9219
PO Box 672
La Plata, MD
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Intergenerational Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Robert T. Ramos, CFP®
(301) 885-0955
603 Post Office Rd Ste 106
Waldorf, MD
Firm
Wealth Management Partners, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Estate Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Co-Signing Loans

co sign loansFor those with flawed or non-existent credit records, it can be quite difficult to borrow money. In many cases, the only way for them to do so is to obtain a co-signer. This allows the lender the opportunity to collect from someone with a better credit record if the borrower defaults.

If you have good credit, you may be asked to co-sign for a loan at some point. Perhaps your child needs to borrow money to buy her own car but has never had any credit in her name. Or maybe your cousin is recently divorced and needs to borrow money to make a new start. Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know the potential consequences of co-signing for a loan before you go through with it.

Co-signing subjects you to a number of risks, including the following:

  • If the borrower misses payments, your credit could be adversely affected. Even though you’re not the one making the payments, you’re still on the hook for them. And in most cases, the lender is not required to notify a co-signer of missed payments. Your credit rating could be taking a nosedive through no fault of your own and without your knowledge.

  • The lender is not required to attempt to collect the debt from the borrower before going after the co-signer. The bills and late notices may come to the borrower, but if there is a default, the co-signer may be the one who starts receiving calls from a collection agency. Lenders know that they are more likely to receive payment from someone with good credit, so use their resources to pursue the co-signer rather than going after someone who is less likely to pay up.

  • Co-signing for a loan can prevent you from borrowing money for yourself. Even if the borrower makes every payment on time, the outstanding balance is displayed on your credit report. This raises your debt-to-income ratio, and could result in denial of credit when you need it.

  • If the borrower fails to repay his debt and you can’t pay it for him, you could lose your property. The lender could take any collateral that you put up for the loan and sell it. Even if property obtained with the loan is repossessed, you could still be liable for the difference between the selling price and the amount owed. If you don’t pay, the lender may be able to put a lien on your home or garnish your wages.

  • Co-signing a loan for anyone is risky business. Lenders require a co-signer because they do not believe that the borrower will repay the loan, and in many cases, they’re right. Before you sign on the dotted line, think about the ramifications. You might be helping someone you care about in the short term, but it could seriously damage your relationship (and your credit record) in the long term.

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