Cosigning a loan for a friend or family member can spell financial disaster and ruin an otherwise healthy relationship. While it is not unusual for parents to cosign for a child’s student loans, car loans or even a mortgage, doing so can damage parents’ credit scores and leave them liable for paying off the entire amount of the debt plus interest. Before agreeing to cosign a loan or serve as a grantor for someone else’s debt, consider the following facts:
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