Will a handwritten promissory note stand up in court?

I'm loaning a person close to me some money. This person has proven to be very unreliable with loans and help from me in the past. I really don't have time to go to a notary public or anything like that, so, I was wondering if a simple IOU note signed by me and the person receiving the loan would be enough... show more I'm loaning a person close to me some money. This person has proven to be very unreliable with loans and help from me in the past. I really don't have time to go to a notary public or anything like that, so, I was wondering if a simple IOU note signed by me and the person receiving the loan would be enough to hold up. If worse came to worse.
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