Maine Promissory Note Templates (2)

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Updated July 08, 2022

A Maine promissory note is a formal ‘promise’ for a borrower of a monetary balance to reimburse a lender the loaned amount of money in addition to interest. The maximum interest rate (usury rate) that can be charged by the lender is 6%.

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Secured Promissory Note – The lender and borrower agree on an item/items that will be used as security in the case of a default on the balance. Items typically used as security are homes, vehicles, and boats.

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Unsecured Promissory Note – This version does not include security. Because of this, the lender is at an increased risk of losing the loaned balance. The lender should ensure the borrower has worthy credit and/or is a well-known friend or family member.

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Usury Rate

The legal interest rate is 6%. The statutes do not mention a specific maximum.

Statute

1.  Interest absent in writing.  The maximum legal rate of interest on a loan made by a financial institution, in the absence of an agreement in writing establishing a different rate, shall be 6 percent per year.

[PL 1975, c. 500, §1 (NEW).]

2.  Interest: noncommercial or consumer loans.  

A. The legal rate of interest, whether set forth in writing or not, on a noncommercial or consumer loan, shall be established in accordance with and subject to the limitations set forth in Title 9-A.

A loan made by a financial institution which is secured by a first mortgage on real estate shall not be within the interest limitations set forth in Title 9-A; provided that the security interest in real estate is not given for purpose of evading said Title 9-A.

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