New Hampshire Promissory Note Templates (2)

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Updated July 08, 2022

A New Hampshire promissory note template helps to ensure a lender in a money-lending transaction is reimbursed the loaned balance plus interest from a borrower in a timely fashion. To help ensure this, both parties will need to agree on the details surrounding the agreement such as payment types, interest rates, penalties, and other important areas. Additionally, the notes serve as legal documents because both parties’ signatures plus a witness’ signature are required on the documents.

Table of Contents

By Type (2)


Secured Promissory Note – Includes a section for secure lending. Security works by using a piece of property relatively equal to the loaned amount of money. If the borrower fails to make payments and defaults on the balance, the lender receives the item in security to help offset the unpaid balance.

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Unsecured Promissory Note – Does not include an area where security can be declared. This adds considerable risk to the transaction for the lender. If the borrower enters into default on the balance, the lender has no concrete way of obtaining the unpaid balance. One option is to bring the borrower to small claims court.

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Usury Rate

In New Hampshire, there is no legal limit on interest rates. It is unclear whether an exorbitant rate could be considered “unfair” under the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act and hence unlawful.

Statute

I. The annual rate of interest in all business transactions in which interest is paid or secured, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, shall equal 10 percent. No consumer credit transaction, as defined in RSA 358-K:1, V, shall be subject to this paragraph. If agreed upon in writing, interest on business transactions may include charging other than simple interest.

II. The annual simple rate of interest on judgments, including prejudgment interest, shall be a rate determined by the state treasurer as the prevailing discount rate of interest on 26-week United States Treasury bills at the last auction thereof preceding the last day of September in each year, plus 2 percentage points, rounded to the nearest tenth of a percentage point. On or before the first day of December in each year, the state treasurer shall determine the rate and transmit it to the director of the administrative office of the courts. As established, the rate shall be in effect beginning the first day of the following January through the last day of December in each year.

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