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    Husband and wife is married in COP.

    Without the husbands knowledge the wife goes and signs a surety for her sister and the repayments go sour.

    a) Is the surety document legally binding ? ( Only the wife's signature )
    b) Can the husband and wife be held responsible for the outstanding amount ?
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    Its a yes and no.
    The husband is bound but the institution needed to check capacity and authority to sign. Often done by a clause saying you say you have authority (not always a successful argument.)
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