Surety / Bond Services
Murray, Santaquin, Spanish Fork

Our surety department works with clients to develop customized bond programs that fit each client's unique needs.

For many industries, bonds are an essential part of doing business. We have individuals with bond experience and important insurance company relationships who can work with you through the various contracts and bond types.

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What You Need to Know About Surety / Bond Services

For many industries, bonds are an essential part of doing business. We have individuals with bond experience and important insurance company relationships who can work with you through the various contracts and bond types.

Surety / Bond Services

Our surety department works with clients to develop customized bond programs that fit each client's unique needs. Surety companies are reviewed and evaluated for consistency in underwriting, capacity, ratings, stability, and rate economy. Clients are effectively represented to surety markets with assistance in bond request presentation, review of bond requests for appropriateness, and prompt, correct bond issuance.

A surety bond is a contract among at least three parties:

The Principal

The primary party who will be performing a contractual obligation

The Obligee

The party who is the recipient of the obligation

The Surety

Who assures that the principal's obligations will be performed

Types of Surety Bonds

  • Bid Bond

    Assures that the bid has been submitted in good faith and that the contractor will enter into the contract at the price bid and provide the required performance and payment bonds.

  • Performance Bond

    Protects the owner from financial loss should the contractor fail to perform the contract in accordance with its terms and conditions.

  • Payment Bond

    Assures that the contractor will pay specified subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers on a project.

  • License & Permit Bond

    Assures financial remedy to injured parties and is often required by various public entities to guarantee compliance with codes and regulations.

  • Notary Bond

    Assures financial remedy to the public for state regulated duties of a Notary.

  • Judicial Bond

    Guarantees obligations required in litigation in administrative hearings and civil courts.

  • And More

While there are only a handful of basic types of contract bonds, Leavitt Group can help with the multitude of other bonds and assurance your company might need.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do surety bonds work?

    The surety bond process begins when an obligee requires a principal to acquire a surety bond. By doing so, the principal can show the obligee they can fulfill the obligee’s project or requirement.

    For example, let’s say you own a construction company that’s working on a government-funded contract to build a road, and you are required to provide a surety bond. In this case, your company is the principal, and the government would be the obligee. A neutral third party, in this case, a surety bond company, would evaluate your business to determine whether your company would be able to complete the project as described in the contract.

  • What happens if I don't fulfill the contract?
    If your business is unable to meet all the contract requirements satisfactorily, then the surety company will step in to fulfill your obligations. After the surety fulfills the contract, your company as the principal is responsible for making the surety whole. The surety will look to you to reimburse the losses they incurred when fulfilling your obligation. Surety bonds are issued for a set term usually, one, two, or three years or are set up to last until the initial contract or statute is fulfilled. They can also be extended to allow for a maintenance period if problems arise or the principal did not satisfactorily meet the initial terms.
  • What's the difference between surety bonds and insurance?
    Even though you can usually purchase a surety bond through an insurance company, surety bonds and insurance are not the same. They are both forms of financial protection, but there are a few key differences. Surety bonds ensure a commitment by the principal, and loss is not expected. Insurance guarantees a coverage of losses and is meant to protect the consumer buying the policy. Surety bonds require a one-time payment. Insurance is often paid in monthly premiums.
  • How do surety bonds work?

    The surety bond process begins when an obligee requires a principal to acquire a surety bond. By doing so, the principal can show the obligee they can fulfill the obligee's project or requirement.

    For example, let's say you own a construction company that's working on a government-funded contract to build a road, and you are required to provide a surety bond. In this case, your company is the principal, and the government would be the obligee. A neutral third party, in this case, a surety bond company, would evaluate your business to determine whether your company would be able to complete the project as described in the contract.

  • What information is required for a surety bond?

    Unlike standard insurance, there's a lot of documentation and information required to apply for a surety bond. The documentation required varies from bond to bond, but most companies ask for the following:

    • Personal and Corporate
    • Financial Statements
    • Resumes for Key Personnel
    • References

    Remember, this isn't an exhaustive list. A lot of surety bond companies have additional requirements. It may seem like a hassle to provide all this documentation but keep the bigger picture in mind. With this documentation, you're showing the surety bond company you are experienced and responsible enough to meet the contract's requirements.

  • What surety bond do I need?
    The best way to find out your surety bond requirements is to contact the obligee requiring the bond and ask them directly what type of bond you need, and the dollar amount the bond needs to guarantee. Requirements vary among states, counties, and cities, so there's no one-size-fits-all answer.
  • Who needs surety bonds?
    Generally, if you need a surety bond, you will be informed of the requirement along with any specific conditions the bond must meet. However, there are people and groups who will always require a surety bond. These people and groups may include: Anyone applying for a license with their city or state Construction companies working for government entities As professionals in the field of surety bonds, we make it our business to know you and your concerns. We spend time learning and listening to better serve you, our clients. We'd love to chat with you. Contact us today!
  • What are the different types of bonds?
    You can find thousands of different surety bonds specific to different situations. However, the bonds used most frequently are contract, commercial, court, and fidelity bonds. Contract generally required in the construction industry. Contract surety bonds ensure a contractor the principal will fulfill the contract. Commercial designed to ensure that licensed businesses will meet safety requirements set forth by public, legal, and government entities. Court meant to protect plaintiffs and defendants from fraud or financial harm. Fidelity helps protect businesses from losses occurring because of employee dishonesty and fraud.