> Webinar: What You Need to Know About Guarantors, Co-Signers, Personal Guarantees & More

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
4:30 PM

Webinar: What You Need to Know about Guarantors, Co-Signers, Personal Guarantees & Joint Applications, Including Security & Collateral Implications

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

This informative session will benefit loan officers, loan operations personnel, credit analysts, compliance officers, auditors, attorneys, and managers.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Your registration fee allows you to have one telephone connection. However, as many people as you like may listen from your office speaker phone.  If you register for the webinar, your registration fee also includes one internet connection from a single computer terminal.


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.  Registrants receive a toll-free number and pass code that will allow entrance to the seminar. The session will be approximately 90 minutes, including question and answer sessions. Seminar materials, including instructions, pin number, and handouts will be emailed to you prior to the broadcast. You will need the most current version of Adobe Reader available free at www.adobe.com.

Can't attend the live webinar?  The ON-DEMAND WEB LINK** is a recording of the live event including audio, visuals, and handouts. We even provide the presenter's email address so you may ask follow-up questions. Approximately 1 week prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with the web link. This web link can be viewed anytime 24/7, beginning 6 business days AFTER the webinar and will expire 6 months after the live program date.  But there's more . . . AS AN ADDED BONUS, you will also receive a FREE audio/visual CD ROM.* The CD ROM includes the original audio/visual presentation, the question and answer sessions, and the handouts. Use the on-demand link or this "off-the-shelf" training program for those that could not attend the live seminar and for future training.

*CD Rom for PC use only
**All materials are subject to copyright and intended for your credit union's use only.

NEW! Listen on your iPad, iPhone, or Android. Instructions will be emailed to you with the on-demand link.

$199.00 Webinar per connection
$199.00 Archived On-Demand Web Link & Free CD ROM
$249.00 Both Live Webinar & Archived On-Demand Web Link & Free CD ROM

TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To register and pay by check, email mzelinsky@njcul.org and your credit union will be invoiced. To register and pay online, click here.