Trying times – Keeping a loan afloat when a borrower becomes seriously injured or ill
Abstract: For a business highly dependent on its owner for day-to-day management and overall viability, owner injury or illness can threaten the business’s ability to function — and to make good on its loan. A lender has an important role to play in such a situation. This article explains that the lender’s actions can make all the difference in whether the owner is able to work through the challenges created by injury or illness. It also notes how the lender can help the owner face such problems squarely, so that a mutually beneficial solution is more likely. A sidebar suggests several questions to ask to help determine the impact of the owner’s ailment on the business.