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What You Need to Know about Guarantors, Co-Signers, Personal Guarantees, etc. Webinar
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When: Archive
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: In Your Credit Union
Contact: Kristina Kirchmer

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There is often confusion regarding the distinction between a guarantor and a co-signer, and the situations where it is permissible to require a guarantor or a co-signer on a loan. Do you understand the legal prohibitions against requiring a spouse to be a guarantor or co-signer? Are you aware of the new rules about proving that applicants applied for joint credit? The Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B are a major focus of the NCUA and the CFPB, so your credit union must be well-trained in this complicated area. Besides reviewing the related laws and regulations, this webinar will explain the proper procedures to use when evaluating the use of a guarantor or a co-signer and when proving that applicants applied for joint credit. This webinar will also address the proper procedures to obtain a security interest in jointly-held collateral while not violating the laws and regulations. After participating in this webinar, you will be prepared to answer examiners’ questions on this topic.


  • Differences between a guarantor and a co-signer
  • Restrictions on requiring a spouse to guarantee or co-sign
  • When can you require a spouse to sign a security agreement?
  • How to prove that applicants applied for joint credit
  • Specific provisions that should be included in guaranty and security agreements
  • When is it acceptable to go against the guarantor before going against the borrower?
    • Interagency Fair Lending Examination Procedures used by NCUA
    • Examination Procedures Checklist used by the CFPB

Who Should Attend:
This informative session will benefit loan officers, loan operations personnel, credit analysts, compliance officers, auditors, attorneys, and managers. Attendance verification for CE credits provided upon request.

About the Presenter: Elizabeth Fast, JD & CPA, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
Elizabeth Fast, Esq. is a partner with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP where she specializes in the representation of financial institutions. Elizabeth is the head of the firm’s training division. She received her law degree from the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University. In addition, she has a Master of Business Administration degree and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Before joining Spencer Fane, she was General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary of a $9 billion bank with more than 130 branches, where she managed all legal, regulatory, and compliance functions. She is a member of the Missouri State Banking Board by appointment of the Governor.

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Cancellation Policy: Sorry, no cancellations are allowed after connecting instructions and handout materials are distributed to registrants. Substitutions are welcomed and encouraged.

Please note: The live webinar option allows you to have one telephone connection for the audio portion and one Internet connection (from a single computer terminal) to view online visuals as the presentation is delivered. You may have as many people as you like listen from your office speaker phone.