A Montana promissory note is used to outline the terms by which a lender loans money to a borrower. The lender will record the loan amount, the loan deadline, and the interest they are entitled to receive in the note, which will serve as legal documentation of the transaction. If agreed to by both parties, the loan may be further secured through collateral in the form of the borrower’s property or assets. A secured loan enables the lender to acquire the collateral as compensation for their loss in case the borrower cannot pay by the due date.
Secured Promissory Note – A loan agreement that requires the borrower to pledge their personal assets as a security interest.
Unsecured Promissory Note – Drafted between two (2) parties to document the terms of a loan without any security interest requirements.
- Interest & Usury Laws: Title 31, Chapter 1, Part 1
- Usury Rate in General (§ 31-1-106): 10%
- Usury Rate with a Contract (§ 31-1-107): 15%, or 6% per year above prime rate published by the federal reserve system three (3) business days prior to the execution of the agreement, whichever is greater. These rates do not apply to regulated lenders (§ 31-1-111).
- Usury Rate for Judgements (§ 25-9-205): The rate stated in the contract, or, if no contract, the rate for bank prime loans plus 3%.
- Usury Rate for Unlicensed Pawnbrokers (§ 31-1-401): 10%