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Stop Ignoring Debt Collectors and Start Working With Them

Jul 18, 2008
Finding yourself deep in serious debt is certainly a stressful, unpleasant situation. No doubt you use up quite a bit of time trying to arrange your finances. Being extended credit isn't easy either, not to mention the daily phone calls you are sure to receive from debt collectors.

The majority of debtors simply ignore the debt collectors' phone calls, usually because they don't have the means to eliminate their debt and therefore have no desire to think about their inability to make their payments. Creditors, however, will often work together with people to reconcile debts.

Debt collectors call you because they want to be paid, but it is for that same reason that they will work to make it easier for you to make your payments. Typically, creditors would rather assist individuals who owe them to pay than simply demand their money, since such assistance tends to produce better results for them. To that end, they may cancel late fees that have been incurred, bring interest rates down, or lower monthly payments.

Talking to Debt Collectors

Regardless of how you have gotten into debt, you should explain your financial situation to the debt collectors when they call. If you explain to them what is preventing you from being able to make your payments, it is more likely that they will be disposed to helping you get out of debt.

Debt collectors might propose to aid you in making payments after you have explained your circumstances. If their offer seems reasonable, go with it. If they don't present any kind of assistance, you should ask them if it would be at all possible to reduce fees, lower interest, or lessen monthly payments in an effort to make it more possible for you to pay what you owe.

The person who calls you from a debt collection agency may not be authorized to make adjustments to your payment plan; if that is the case, simply ask to speak with their supervisor. When you speak with the supervisor, present him with your situation and explain how some changes in the details of your payment could aid you in paying back your debt.

When You Don't Receive Assistance

Since some debt collectors simply refuse to work with you to make payments easier, you may need to contact other creditors you owe to see if they will help you. Your goal should be to get to a point where you are capable of paying all your monthly bills. Credit counselors have lots of useful experience dealing with debt collection agencies and can assist you if you don't have success adjusting your payments through direct communication with creditors.

Speaking with debt collectors is rarely enjoyable, but it can turn out to be good in the end. At the very least you should try to talk with them, since you could be pleasantly surprised with the help they offer you.
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