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The Basics of Debt Settlement

Apr 3, 2008
Most of us get ourselves into some sort of financial situation we can't handle at some point. But sometimes, our debt is beyond manageable, and we need professional help. If this applies to you, you might want to consider debt settlement. Make sure to be aware of all that it entails, to make sure that it is the right decision for you.

Debt settlement involves using a third party to manage the debt situation. You may have tried to talk to the creditors but to no avail. Each month that the payment is late, there is a fee. Once the fees push the balance over the credit limit, there is another fee. Things can get out of control in an as little as a few months.

Debt settlement puts you in touch with an agency that specializes in helping individuals deal with serious debts. Debt settlement agencies will review your situation to see if you qualify. Debt settlements are mainly done for unsecured debt. This includes unsecured credit cards, store charge cards, gas cards, and the like. There is nothing backing the extension of credit except your good name. Creditors have taken a risk with you as to whether you can repay any debt that you create.

Unfortunately, debt settlements are not as good as they may seem- they can still affect your credit negatively. You may be turned away from future creditors if your debt settlement agency reports your debt settlement plan. Make sure you understand this before entering into debt settlement.

Your debt settlement agency will look at several areas to determine a repayment plan suitable for your debt. The amount of debt they are looking at is important when they consider this- it will need to be beyond your capability of repayment without help.

The agency will look at all your credit card interest rates. They may be able to work with the creditor to lower your interest rates so they are more manageable. They may also be able to work with late fees and have the creditor wave them, in the interest of hopefully recovering some of the money you owe to them.

Working with an agency, the monthly payments agreed upon are made to the debt settlement agency. From there, they forward the payment to the appropriate creditors in accordance with the terms of the debt settlement. Your payments may include their fee for the services rendered.

Working with a debt settlement agency can keep the creditors off your back. Those annoying phone calls will stop most of the time once arrangements have been made for creditors to get their money. A few may still try to harass you, but the majority will be glad they are getting something from you.

As you can see, debt settlement agencies are not an option for everyone. contact your credit card company to try to work out a deal first. Aside from the extra fees that you may be charged, you may also have to take a hit to your credit.
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