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Is Credit Card Debt Relief A Bitter Pill to Swallow?

Apr 3, 2008
Credit card debt was an inevitable situation as credit cards became the norm in almost every household; cards have become easier to obtain and more tempting to use, which is a lethal combination. The problem is it is just too easy to spend money but now people are looking for ways to try and pay off the thousands they owe to the finance companies. Generally speaking the only way out of this predicament is by using a credit card debt relief solution.

The card holder must cease using it whilst he or she finds an option or the situation will just get worse and will never be resolved. This fist stage is the most difficult but once the decision has been made it is then just a matter of looking at all the credit card debt relief options available. The three debt consolidation plans detailed below are going to be your best options although they are by no means the only one available.

The easiest method of debt consolidation is where the person still has a good credit rating and uses another credit card that has a low rate of interest where all the debts can be transferred to one card. A good alternative to this option is a consolidation loan at a low interest rate where the debtor can decide exactly how much they can afford to repay every month after the outstanding debts have been cleared.

This option does require a certain level of commitment on the debtors part as once the debts are clear there must be no temptation to use them again. Remember, consolidation by card or loan will only work if the debtor has not already damaged their credit history.

At this point, debt negotiation is one option available, provided you decide to make a lump sum payment and if the debtor lets a credit card debt relief company negotiate with the creditors on their behalf. Normally, when these negotiations proceed approximately half the debt will need to be paid and the remainder to be written off by the creditors.

The final option is bankruptcy which should not be taken lightly but if the debt is totally out of control and there is no way to escape from the debt trap then filing for bankruptcy may be the only way out. Whilst this final option may at first appear to be the best it means credit in any form will be difficult if not impossible for a very long time until the credit history starts to build once again in a positive manner. Hopefully, the debtor will learn a lesson from this so they do not require relief from their credit card debts in the future as bankruptcy is an option that will not always be available.
About the Author
Elizabeth Grant writes exclusively for The Mortgage Broker Ltd specialist mortgage websites. To read more articles from Elizabeth on credit card debt please visit the Adverse Mortgage Centre.
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