Payment Agreement Template

We’ve worked closely with legal experts and proofreaders to design a simple payment agreement template (PDF and Word) to help you in your financial dealings.

Payment Agreement Template (Free Sample)

We’ve worked closely with legal experts and proofreaders to design a simple payment agreement template (PDF and Word) to help you in your financial dealings.
What’s in this template?
  • • Agreed amount
  • • Payment plan
  • • Termination and confidentiality
Click below to download our free payment agreement template

What is a payment agreement?

A payment agreement is a legal contract detailing the terms of installment payments between the lender (the creditor) and the payer (the debtor). Let’s look at a quick example to illustrate the nature of a payment agreement.
  • • Person A (the debtor) borrows $5,000 from person B (the creditor).
  • • Both parties agree that person A must pay person B $1,000 a month over five months to repay the debt.
Creditors and debtors can be individuals or any business entity. Also, payment contracts can be used in both personal and commercial transactions.

Get access to our Payment
Agreement Template

If not managed with the appropriate parameters, payment agreements can quickly escalate into nasty law claims and disputes. That’s why we’ve developed a simple payment contract template to help protect lenders and borrowers and debt-related transactions.
Click below to get a copy of our payment agreement sample

Why is a payment agreement important?

Borrowing money is one of the most common financial transactions in society. Whether it’s borrowing money from your parents or making a deal with a potential business partner, debt exists in much of our dealings.
It’s tempting to rely on handshakes or verbal agreements when organizing a payment plan. We hear it all the time, “I promise I’ll pay you back.”
However, no matter how pure our intentions are, things come up in life, and sometimes debtors are unable to repay their creditors.
If you don’t use a payment contract template for these types of transactions, the risk for a creditor is you don’t get your money back. There are no legal consequences if your debtor fails to make their repayments.
A payment agreement contract holds all parties accountable to the payment plan and acts as a point of reference if disputes escalate.

The elements of a great payment agreement template

While payment agreements can be complicated with a list of terms and conditions, when it comes down to it, only a handful of elements matter. Let’s look at each one below.

1. The debt amount

The foundation of your payment agreement is based on the amount of the debtor wants from the creditor.
Context matters here—and as a creditor, getting a gauge of what the debtor wants the funds for is essential. Is it for a large asset, a business, student fees, or medical bills?
If the creditor wants money to use for their living expenses, this might be a red flag that they’re struggling to generate enough income to meet their basic needs. Conversely, if your creditor needs funds for an unexpected one-off payment, you might feel more confident about loaning them the money.
There are no hard and fast rules, but ultimately you need to determine how much you’re willing to trust the other party.

2. Repayment schedule

Another vital element of any payment agreement template is capturing the borrowers’ repayment schedule. Parties need to agree on how and when payments will be made.
For instance, creditors may request that payments are to be made via direct deposit and are due on the 15th of every month.
Of course, the payment plan’s specifics can be negotiated before signing the contract, in the event that the debtor has different preferences for payment method and frequency.

3. Payment defaults

The key to a successful payment agreement is ensuring borrowers make consistent payments under the terms of the contract. If debtors fail to adhere to the payment plan, it’s common for creditors to declare the remaining amount, including interest.
Lenders must make it clear on the contract the terms of payment defaults.

4. Amendments

Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, circumstances may change the nature of your agreement.
If, for example, a debtor requests to extend the payment plan or asks for money funds, then you need a clause in your template that ensures that all parties sign off on the new terms of the agreement.

5. Signatures

A payment agreement is not legally binding without written consent from both the creditor and the debtor. Signatures are legal proof that all parties acknowledge and accept the terms of the payment contract.

Get access to our Payment
Agreement Template

If not managed with the appropriate parameters, payment agreements can quickly escalate into nasty law claims and disputes. That’s why we’ve developed a simple payment contract template to help protect lenders and borrowers and debt-related transactions.
Click below to get a copy of our payment agreement sample
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ about our Payment Contract Template

While it’s ideal to have a witness when signing a payment contract, it’s not a legal requirement.
With payment arrangements, it’s easy to rely on emails, messages, or conversations to form the basis of your agreement. While these interactions can be seen as a contract, a signed agreement gives you more protection and more visible consent from all parties.
Like any agreement, a payment contract may be terminated when:
  1. The debtor has paid all of the funds back to the creditor.
  2. Any party breaches the conditions of the contract.
  3. All parties voluntarily agree to end the agreement.
While there are no set rules for what should be in your contract, below is a list of standard inclusions:
  • Parties involved
  • Debt amount
  • Payment plan
  • Default management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Amendment process
  • Section for signing
We recognize you may need to make changes to our template based on your needs for the transaction. We’ve made our payment agreement form available in Word so you can make modifications as needed.
If you intend to make significant edits to the template, we recommend you consult with a lawyer to ensure you still have adequate protection.
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Payment Agreement

Payment Agreement

Parties

– This Payment Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) is entered into on ______________ (the “Effective Date”), by and between __________________________, with an address of ______________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Debtor”) and ______________ with an address of ______________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Creditor”) (collectively referred to as the “Parties”).

Agreement

– The Parties agree that the Debtor is to pay the Creditor an amount of ______________.
– The Parties agree to secure the amount of debt by entering into a new agreement where the amount of ______________ mentioned above is to be set into structured payment agreement to the terms and conditions provided below.

Debtor Representation

– The Debtor warrants as well as represents that the Parties have agreed upon a payment plan to secure the deficiency in a scheduled manner as set forth in this Agreement.

Payment Plan

– The Parties agree to establish the payment plan as follows ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Default

– In case the Debtor fails to provide the payments as per the payment plans within a reasonable time, the Creditor becomes entitled to declare the remaining amount and the present Interest, if any, immediately due and payable.

Governing Law

– This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of ______________.

Severability

– In an event where any provision of this Agreement is found to be void and unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining provisions will remain to be enforced in accordance with the Parties’ intention.

Dispute Resolution

– Any dispute or difference whatsoever arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be submitted to ______________ (Arbitration/mediation/negotiation) in accordance with, and subject to the laws of ______________

Entire Agreement

– This Agreement contains the entire Agreement and understanding among the Parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, inducements and conditions, express or implied, oral or written, of any nature whatsoever with respect to the subject matter hereof. The express terms hereof control and supersede any course of performance and/or usage of the trade inconsistent with any of the terms hereof.

Amendments

– The Parties agree that any amendments made to this Agreement must be in writing where they must be signed by both Parties to this Agreement.
– As such, any amendments made by the Parties will be applied to this Agreement.

Signature And Date

– The Parties hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement and such is demonstrated throughout their signatures below:
Creditor
Name: ______________________
Signature: ___________________
Date: _______________________
Debtor
Name: ______________________
Signature: ___________________
Date: _______________________

Get access to our Payment
Agreement Template

If not managed with the appropriate parameters, payment agreements can quickly escalate into nasty law claims and disputes. That’s why we’ve developed a simple payment contract template to help protect lenders and borrowers and debt-related transactions.
Click below to get a copy of our payment agreement sample
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