Promissory Note Drafting and Disputes

Orlando Promissory Note Drafting and Disputes Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Michael L. Dear, we have extensive experience in drafting and disputing promissory notes. Whether it is a promissory note, personal guarantee, or a purchase and sale agreement, we can assist you with drafting or dispute matters professionally and an eye for detail.  We welcome the opportunity to assist you.

Promissory Notes

A promissory note is a contract between a borrower and a lender, for the promise to repay an amount of money within a set term with an agreed rate of interest. To avoid the stress and hassle that comes with drafting and disputes related to promissory notes, it is advisable to work with our experienced drafting and dispute lawyer in Orlando. Collecting damages and assets when a breach of promissory note occurs can be challenging and we have the experience, skills, and knowledge to help you.

Furthermore, to ensure that your investments are well-protected, we can also provide you with quality assistance when drafting and signing a promissory note.

Promissory notes in the business context are often unsecured debt given based on a relationship of trust.  When a borrower is unable to repay an unsecured promissory note, the lender may seek a financial remedy.

Litigating these cases can often be challenging because in some instances credit may have been extended for a specific purpose, such as purchasing equipment for a business, but a proper lien or security interest was not obtained.  In this scenario a companion cause of action to establish an equitable lien may be appropriate.


Types of Promissory Notes

  • Personal Promissory Notes

This type of promissory note is used to document loans from friends, relatives, or other individuals that share a personal relationship with the lending party.

  • Commercial Promissory Notes

Banks and other commercial institutions commonly use promissory notes when dealing with business loans. Commercial promissory notes are generally more strict than personal promissory notes. They include terms and consequences that might occur should the borrower default on payment.

  • Real Estate Promissory Notes

Real estate promissory notes are comparable to commercial promissory notes due to their similar terms and rules. However, a real estate promissory note may include a lien on the property as a result of defaulting on payments. Liens may affect the borrower’s credit and purchasing abilities in the future.

  • Investment Promissory Notes

Businesses frequently use promissory notes as a method of raising capital. Investment promissory notes may be used as a form of security and are thus governed by security laws. They may also contain terms describing the payback period for the investment.


Personal Guarantee Drafting and Disputes

A personal guarantee is a promise, usually from an officer or director of a corporation, that the individual will be liable in the event the corporation fails to meet a contractual obligation.

Personal guarantees are often used in commercial lease scenarios but can also be useful in the event a lender or contracting party requires additional assurance before agreeing to extend credit or enter into a contract.


Purchase and Sale Agreement – Earnest Money Disputes

The term “Purchase and Sale Agreement” can refer to a real estate transaction, or to the conveyance of a business.

Such an agreement is a contract wherein one party agrees to sell, and another party agrees to give compensation for the subject matter of the agreement.

These disputes can be resolved by an action for damages or for an action for Specific Performance, which is asking the court to force one party to complete the contract.

Often Purchase and Sale Agreement disputes relate to who will keep a good faith, or earnest money deposit when a deal goes bad. These disputes require review of the contract to determine who is entitled to the deposit.

There can be three parties to an earnest money dispute: they are the buyer, the seller, and the person in possession of the deposit.

  • Violation of Non-Compete Agreement
  • Shareholder, Member and Partnership Disputes
  • Defamation, Libel, Slander
  • Tortious Interference with Advantageous Business Relationship
  • Fraud in the Inducement
  • Fraud
  • Contract Drafting and Review
  • Insurance Company Bad Faith
  • Construction Lien and Construction Litigation


Disputes between an owner and contractor or a contractor and its subcontractors can result in nonpayment for work performed and materials provided to a construction project.

Florida law allows a person or entity providing labor or materials to a construction project to preserve a lien on the property for the amount owed.  However, in order to properly preserve a lien, the person seeking the lien must strictly adhere to the statutory timeline and must satisfy all conditions precedent to filing suit on a claim of lien.

Failure to follow the law and meet the statutory deadlines for serving a notice to owner, claim of lien, and filing of a complaint to foreclose the claim of lien can result in dismissal of the complaint and may result in an award of attorney fees to the owner.

  • Civil Theft
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Mediation, Arbitration and Settlement


At the Law Office of Michael L. Dear, we can assist you in creating a solid promissory note that meets all legal requirements and needs. However, it is important to consider that a promissory note doesn’t guarantee that the payments will be made in a timely manner.  Defaults are possible, but with our lawyer by your side, collecting on the promissory note is far more likely. We will review the promissory note drafted and take the appropriate legal action in your situation. This can make the difference between a good investment and a bad, uncollectible debt.


For more information or assistance with promissory notes, contact our law office today at 407-494-6105, or you may send us a message about your case using our online contact form!

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