Cost Bond Guide

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How Much Are Cost Bonds?

The court will determine your required bond for cost amount. Your premium price will then be calculated as a small percentage of the bond total based on the bond amount.

If your bond coverage is below $200,000, you’ll be instantly approved at a rate of 1%. For example, a $100,000 cost bond would have a $1,000 premium. Applications for bond amounts over $200,000 require underwriting review and a soft credit check to determine your price. 100% collateral may be required to guarantee funds are available.

Bond Type
$1,000-$250,000Bond for Costs

What Are Cost Bonds? 

In some legal proceedings, the court requires a cost bond to guarantee payment of attorney fees to the defendant if the plaintiff loses the case. Cost bonds are legally referred to as undertakings

The court may require your bond to cover other litigation expenses, be sure to verify your exact coverage amount.

How Do Cost Bonds Work? 

By purchasing this bond, you enter a three-party contract between a principal, obligee and surety:

  • Obligee: The entity requiring the bond, usually the court
  • Principal: You, the plaintiff  
  • Surety: The company issuing the bond

If you, as the plaintiff, lose the case and fail to pay the court fees you owe to the defendant, the harmed defendant can file a claim on the bond. The surety will pay valid claims, but you are ultimately responsible for reimbursing the surety. 

How to Get a Cost Bond

To get your cost bond, complete the following steps: 

  1. Apply online (include your obligee’s name and address, case number, and defendant’s name)
  2. Get a quote within one business day
  3. Buy online or over the phone
  4. Get your physical bond form in the mail within two business days
  5. File the signed bond form with your obligee

Our friendly experts are here to help with your bonding process. Don’t hesitate to call 1 (800) 308-4358 or email [email protected] with any questions. 

How Do I Renew My Cost Bond?

Your cost bond will expire annually. A representative will contact you before your term ends with renewal instructions. These bonds remain active until you are officially released of your obligation by the court. For more specific instructions visit our Surety Bond Renewal Guide.

How Do I Update My Cost Bond Form? 

To update your active cost bond form, email [email protected] outlining the necessary changes and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to help.

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert