STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS Definition

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STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS is a specialized form of financial statement setting out the debtors assets and liabilities - secured, preferred and unsecured. This document is usually prepared on short notice and from incomplete records. It is sworn to by an officer of the company and or by the bankrupt where applicable. The trustee often has a different opinion as to the value of the assets and the extent of liabilities included therein. The formalized statement of affairs is sworn under oath by the debtor before a lawyer or designated legal/court entity.

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STALE CHECK is a check that is six months or older than the date affixed to the check by the maker. If a customer's check is presented more than six months after the date appearing on the check, the paying bank has the option of paying or dishonoring the check because the check is deemed "stale".

INITIAL TERM is normally the first time period covered under an agreement or contract (the Term) at the end of which the agreement will either terminate or be automatically renewed under set conditions (Renewal Term), e.g. a one year contract.

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