There are many rights associated with the creditor. They depend on the type of debt that is owed to them by another party.
If the debtor dies before the repayment, a creditor trust can be set up for the repayment. The creditor can act in place of the beneficiary and receive the money until the debt finishes using this trust.
Other rights available to a creditor include:
Right to Receive Interest
A creditor can receive interest on the amount owed to them by the debtor, which is in default. Without any fixed terms regarding interest to be paid, the creditor cannot ask the debtor to pay any interest under normal circumstances.
However, if there are terms set out between the creditor and debtor, then interest is often charged if the debtor doesn’t repay their debt on time. This is so because both parties have agreed upon that they will be obligated to pay this.
Right of Sale
A creditor has the right of sale or distress, which enables them to seize goods from a debtor who owes them money and sells some or all of these items at an auction to raise money to pay off the debts owed.
If their debtor does not repay them, creditors can use this right of sale to raise some money towards what they are owed.
Right to NSF Checks
If a debtor owes money to their creditor and has given them an NSF (non-sufficient funds) check, they might be able to file this NSF or non-sufficient funds check with their county clerk and the bank that issued it. This is against public policy for a bank to cash an NSF check without the creditor’s consent or even acknowledge it.
Right to Seek Repayment of a Decedent’s Debt
If the debtor who owes you money dies, their creditor has certain rights to claim what is owed. Generally speaking, if this debt had not been paid before the debtor’s death before them, then their estate will be required to pay it off or be held liable for it by law. They could claim repayments from the creditor trust if their debtor did not leave a will.
Most creditors use these rights to get the money they are owed by either the debtor or their estate after death, but it can depend on what law applies in different states and how this is dealt with under the law.
Right of Set-Off
A creditor might also have certain rights over any set-offs which can be made against what is owed. For example, if their debtor owes them money and they have an account with their debtor, they might be able to set off the amount owed to them by using this credit. The creditor can claim the owed amount if there isn’t any proof of payment or deposit made.
Depending on the type of debt that is owed and the amount and what legal action is being taken determines what specific rights can be made use of by the creditor to get back the money owed to them.
In case of a dispute, take help from a probate law firm to learn about the creditors’ rights and enforce them.