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Is Debt Making You Afraid Of The Phone?

Apr 10, 2008
Many people are afraid of their phones, or more specifically, they are frightened of creditors calling them again about their debt problems. Huge numbers of Americans now face serious debt; the recent news has been focusing on individuals who are having problems because of the sub-prime mortgage situation.

All this attention has diverted Americans thoughts from the massive $2.5 trillion of other serious debt problems that we have. So how do regular folks deal with these debt collection agencies calling on the phone of coming to your place of work.

Many people will simply turn on the voice mail, to avoid talking to their creditors or a collection agency. This does not help the situation; they will not get tired of calling. You need to strike up a dialogue with these people that you owe money too, and explain to them, your circumstances.

The company that you owe money to is just as concerned about the debt as you are. They do not want to repossess the TV or the car, what they want is their cash. If you explain to them your circumstances, you may be able to get a simple and quick solution to your debt problems by negotiating with the company.

They may stop additional interest being added, or they may extend your loan to reduce your monthly payments. Make a sensible offer to the company for an amount that you can actually afford to pay every month Even if this is a temporary offer for a few months, you may then be able to renegotiate with them at a later date.

Remember the company has access to your credit reports and know owe much you earn. So are in position to estimate how much you can afford to pay them. You should avoid saying that you are unable to make any payments; this will leave the company with no alternative but to take action against you. You may possibly be able to negotiate the actual amount of the debt down, this means you may be able to pay them less than you actually owe. The company may prefer to take something rather than nothing.

Making a cash, settlement offer will always be preferable to promising payments each month. This is because the company will then know exactly how much money they are going to receive, as opposed to a promise of receiving payments over an extended period.

For example, if you owe $1000 to a company and you make an offer of $5 per month. As far as the company is concerned, that will not even cover the interest. Alternatively, if you offer them $300 to clear the entire debt, they may be more inclined to accept this lump sum as full payment.

Even if you negotiate a settlement over the phone, successfully, it is very important to get the agreement in writing from the company before making any payment. All correspondence should be kept for several years, to ensure there is no future problem with the debt collectors. The worst that can happen is they say no, and you are still in exactly the same situation that you were in before you spoke to them. If you do not want to deal with the company yourself, ask your lawyer to deal with them on your behalf, once your lawyer has contacted them. They are legally not allowed contact you again, for any reason; they must deal directly with your lawyer.

The basic advice to not to bury your head in the sand and hope that they will stop calling. They are incredibly persistent, and they will not stop until they get some kind of resolution to the situation.

If you are not fortunate enough to have available cash consider taking out a debt conciliation loan against your debts. This will drastically lower the amount of your payments each month, by replacing them with a single easier to manage amount.
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Joe Kenny writes for TFGI.com, visit them today to help solve your debt problems and for free credit report or Rebuild.org for debt relief
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