When my husband I decided to start a business, we didn't think about the legal aspects of doing so. We didn't realize that purchasing business insurance, getting building permits and making investments all required some type of legal advice. But after speaking to a close friend, who also happens to own a small business, we contacted a business attorney. Now, we have the legal smarts to make the best decisions for our business, as well as the legal representation in case something happens to our company. I hope that you find my blog helpful and informative for your own business. It's a great resource for finding the legal advice, resources and guidance you need to get your company up and running.
When a loved one or friend is arrested and charged with a crime, it's never an easy situation. It can make matters worse if the judge grants bail but they don't have the money to pay it and so they have asked for your help. If you don't have the funds to pay the bail either then your next step is to contact a bail bondsman to help.
A bail bondsman will arrange a contract with you to help pay for the bond, usually a portion of it that you or your loved one must pay back at a later date. How do you find the right bail bondsman for your needs? Here are some tips for finding the right company for you.
Get Referrals From Their Lawyer Or Court Workers
One of the first steps you need to take is hiring a lawyer to help your loved one or friend. If they already have a lawyer or one was appointed by the court they can be a great resource to helping you find the right bail bondsman for your needs. They work with bail agencies on a regular basis and can refer you to several companies to choose from that work in your area and have dealt with your loved one or friend's charges before.
You can also get referrals from court workers or staff you interact with. They see bail bond agencies in the courthouse frequently and can help you choose the right one for your needs.
Always check out any company your lawyer or court staff recommend to you by looking up their references online, reading reviews, and checking with the Better Business Bureau of your state or city. This can help ensure you are hiring the right agency for your loved one.
Understand Their Fees And Repayment Options
Once you have a list of potential bail bondsman companies you can work with, speak to each of them about what their fees are and their repayment options.
A good bail bondsman will explain if they charge you a premium depending on the amount of what the bail is set for. Ask them what fees they charge, for example, do they charge for monitoring your loved one's movements to ensure they are keeping in line with their bail conditions? If your loved one is supposed to check in with the bail agency on a daily basis, are you charged a fee for that?
A good bail bondsman will outline all the fees you are responsible for in the contract and explain them to you.
Also, you need to find out what their repayment plan is. Do they require collateral? Will they offer a payment plan so you pay over time? You should find out ahead of time how you may be expected to pay.
For more info, contact a local bondsman.