What to do if I lent money to friend and lost the promissory note but have a video of him signing the noteand reading it out loud?

I let my friend borrow $5,000 and he signed a promissory note to pay me back. Somehow I lost it. Will the video hold up in court?

Asked on November 5, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Good question. Even though you have lost the $5,000 promissory note that your friend signed concerning the money you lent him, if he is disputing the loan, you can attempt to introduce the video tape of him signing the note as evidence of the obligation owed you.

Hopefully you have a copy of a cancelled check for the loan or your bank account statement showing the withdrawal of the $5,000 amount. if your friend agrees to the loan, why do you not just have another promissory note signed to you concerning the transaction?

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