How to Put Up Property for Bail

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Bail bondsmen lend you money by giving the court a surety bond based on the bail set for you. You pay a 10 percent fee to the bondsman and the bondsman promises the rest to the court, so you can be released. In most cases, the bondsman will require collateral on top of the 10 percent fee. The collateral can be land, a house, businesses, stocks or bonds, a life insurance policy, a vehicle or jewelry. To put up a property for bail, you must provide the proper paperwork to the bondsman to have the bail met quickly.

  • Find the property tax statement for your property. If you do not have a property tax statement, contact your local property tax assessor.

  • Contact the the bail bondsman you will be using for bail. Most will charge a 10 percent fee, but if you call a few bondsmen, you might find one with a lower fee. The fee must be paid in the form of cash or a cashier's check.

  • Fill out the form labeled "Declaration of Trust of Real Estate to Secure Performance of a Bail Bond" provided by your bail bondsman. Depending on the state where you live, the name of the form and the information it requires may vary. Normally, you will need to put in the case information, the address of the property, property value and amount of any liens on the property. You will need to take the form and sign it in front of a notary public so she can sign and seal the form.

  • Return the form to the bail bondsman and he will put up the bail. If the person to whom the bail is tied fails to attend court, the bondsman will have the right to seize the property and sell it to recover the cost of the bond.

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