Advice For Settling Credit Card Debt


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If you’ve maxed out your credit cards and are getting deeper in debt, chances are you’re feeling overwhelmed. How are you ever going to pay down the debt? Now imagine hearing about a company that promises to reduce – or even erase – your debt for pennies on the dollar. Sounds like the answer to your problems, right?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says slow down, and consider how you can get out of the red without spending a whole lot of green.
Debt Settlement Companies

Debt settlement programs typically are offered by for-profit companies, and involve the company negotiating with your creditors to allow you to pay a “settlement” to resolve your debt. The settlement is another word for a lump sum that’s less than the full amount you owe. To make that lump sum payment, the program asks that you set aside a specific amount of money every month in savings. Debt settlement companies usually ask that you transfer this amount every month into an escrow-like account to accumulate enough savings to pay off a settlement that is reached eventually. Further, these programs often encourage or instruct their clients to stop making any monthly payments to their creditors.
Debt Settlement Has Risks

Although a debt settlement company may be able to settle one or more of your debts, consider the risks associated with these programs before you sign up:

1. These programs often require that you deposit money in a special savings account for 36 months or more before all your debts will be settled. Many people have trouble making these payments long enough to get all (or even some) of their debts settled. They drop out the programs as a result. Before you sign up for a debt settlement program, review your budget carefully to make sure you are financially capable of setting aside the required monthly amounts for the full length of the program.

2. Your creditors have no obligation to agree to negotiate a settlement of the amount you owe. So there is a chance that your debt settlement company will not be able to settle some of your debts — even if you set aside the monthly amounts the program requires. Debt settlement companies also often try to negotiate smaller debts first, leaving interest and fees on large debts to grow.

3. Because debt settlement programs often ask — or encourage — you to stop sending payments directly to your creditors, they may have a negative impact on your credit report and other consequences. For example, your debts may continue to accrue late fees and penalties that can put you further in the hole. You also may get calls from your creditors or debt collectors requesting repayment. You could even be sued for repayment. In some instances, when creditors win a lawsuit, they have the right to garnish your wages or put a lien on your home.
Beware of Debt Settlement Scams

Some companies offering debt settlement programs may engage in deception and fail to deliver on the promises they make — for example, promises or “guarantees” to settle all your credit card debts for, say, 30 to 60 percent of the amount you owe. Other companies may try to collect their own fees from you before they have settled any of your debts — a practice prohibited under the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) for companies engaged in telemarketing these services. Some fail to explain the risks associated with their programs: for example, that many (or most) consumers drop out without settling their debts, that consumers’ credit reports may suffer, or that debt collectors may continue to call you.

Avoid doing business with any company that promises to settle your debt if the company:

charges any fees before it settles your debts
touts a “new government program” to bail out personal credit card debt
guarantees it can make your unsecured debt go away
tells you to stop communicating with your creditors, but doesn’t explain the serious consequences
tells you it can stop all debt collection calls and lawsuits
guarantees that your unsecured debts can be paid off for pennies on the dollar

Researching Debt Settlement Companies

Before you enroll in a debt settlement program, do your homework. You’re making a big decision that involves spending a lot of your money — money that could go toward paying down your debt. Check out the company with your state Attorney General and local consumer protection agency. They can tell you if any consumer complaints are on file about the firm you’re considering doing business with. Ask your state Attorney General if the company is required to be licensed to work in your state and, if so, whether it is.

Enter the name of the company name with the word “complaints” into a search engine. Read what others have said about the companies you’re considering, including news about any lawsuits with state or federal regulators for engaging in deceptive or unfair practices.
Fees

If you do business with a debt settlement company, you may have to put money in a dedicated bank account, which will be administered by an independent third party. The funds are yours and you are entitled to the interest that accrues. The account administrator may charge you a reasonable fee for account maintenance, and is responsible for transferring funds from your account to pay your creditors and the debt settlement company when settlements occur.

A company can charge you only a portion of its full fee for each debt it settles. For example, say you owe money to five creditors. The company successfully negotiates a settlement with one of your creditors. The company can charge you only a portion of its full fee at this time because it still needs to successfully negotiate with four other creditors. Each time the debt settlement company successfully settles a debt with one of your creditors, the company can charge you another portion of its full fee. If the company’s fees are based on a percentage of the amount you save through the settlement, it must tell you both the percentage it charges and the estimated dollar amount it represents. This may be called a “contingency” fee.
Disclosure Requirements

Before you sign up for the service, the debt relief company must give you information about the program:

The price and terms: The company must explain its fees and any conditions on its services.
Results: The company must tell you how long it will take to get results — how many months or years before it will make an offer to each creditor for a settlement.
Offers: The company must tell you how much money or the percentage of each outstanding debt you must save before it will make an offer to each creditor on your behalf.
Non-payment: If the company asks you to stop making payments to your creditors — or if the program relies on you to not make payments — it must tell you about the possible negative consequences of your action, including damage to your credit report and credit score; that your creditors may sue you or continue with the collections process; and that your credit card companies may charge you additional fees and interest, which will increase the amount you owe.

The debt relief company also must tell you that:

the funds are yours and you are entitled to the interest earned;
the account administrator is not affiliated with the debt relief provider and doesn’t get referral fees; and
you may withdraw your money any time without penalty.

Tax Consequences

Depending on your financial condition, any savings you get from debt relief services can be considered income and taxable. Credit card companies and others may report settled debt to the IRS, which the IRS considers income, unless you are “insolvent.” Insolvency is when your total debts are more than the fair market value of your total assets. Insolvency can be complex to determine. Talk to a tax professional if are not sure whether you qualify for this exception.
Other Debt Relief Options

Working with a debt settlement company is just one option for dealing with your debt. You also could: negotiate directly with your credit card company, work with a credit counselor, or consider bankruptcy.

Talk with your credit card company, even if you have been turned down before. Rather than pay a company to talk to your creditor on your behalf, remember that you can do it yourself for free. You can find the telephone number on your card or your statement. Be persistent and polite. Keep good records of your debts, so that when you do reach the credit card company, you can explain your situation. Your goal is to work out a modified payment plan that reduces your payments to a level you can manage.

If you don’t pay on your debt for 180 days, your creditor will write your debt off as a loss; your credit score will take a big hit, and you still will owe the debt. Creditors often are willing to negotiate with you even after they write your debt off as a loss.

Contact a credit counselor. Reputable credit counseling organizations can advise you on managing your money and debts, help you develop a budget, and offer free educational materials and workshops. Their counselors are certified and trained in consumer credit, money and debt management, and budgeting. Counselors discuss your entire financial situation with you, and help you develop a personalized plan to solve your money problems. An initial counseling session typically lasts an hour, with an offer of follow-up sessions.

Most reputable credit counselors are non-profits and offer services through local offices, online, or on the phone. If possible, find an organization that offers in-person counseling. Many universities, military bases, credit unions, housing authorities, and branches of the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service operate non-profit credit counseling programs. Credit card issuers must include a toll-free number on their statements that gives cardholders information about finding non-profit counseling organizations. The U.S. Trustee Program — the organization within the U.S. Department of Justice that supervises bankruptcy cases and trustees — also maintains a list of government-approved organizations. If a credit counseling organization says it’s government-approved, check the U.S. Trustee’s list of approved organizations to be sure. Your financial institution, local consumer protection agency, and friends and family also may be good sources of information and referrals.

But be aware that “non-profit” status doesn’t guarantee that services are free, affordable, or even legitimate. In fact, some credit counseling organizations charge high fees, which they made hide, or urge their clients to make “voluntary” contributions that can cause more debt.

Bankruptcy. Declaring bankruptcy has serious consequences, including lowering your credit score, but credit counselors and other experts say that in some cases, it may make the most sense. Filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 13 allows people with a steady income to keep property, like a mortgaged house or a car, that they might otherwise lose through the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. In Chapter 13, the court approves a repayment plan that allows you to pay off your debts over three to five years, without surrendering any property. After you have made all the payments under the plan, your debts are discharged. As part of the Chapter 13 process, you will have to pay a lawyer, and you must get credit counseling from a government-approved organization within six months before you file for any bankruptcy relief.

You must get credit counseling from a government-approved organization within six months before you file for any bankruptcy relief. You can find a state-by-state list of government-approved organizations at the U.S. Trustee Program. Before you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, you must satisfy a “means test.” This test requires you to confirm that your income does not exceed a certain amount. The amount varies by state and is publicized by the U.S. Trustee Program.

Filing fees are several hundred dollars. Attorney fees are extra and vary. For more information visit the United States Courts, and read Coping with Debt.

Debt Relief Grants from the Government: Are They Available?


If you are like millions of other Americans, you may be in debt. The economy is in trouble. For many, it appears to be spiraling out of control. Millions of Americans are losing their homes, losing their jobs, and some are unable to pay their utility bills, let alone feed their families. If debt is a problem you face, you may turn to the internet to seek help. Unfortunately, you will find a lot of inaccurate information. One piece of information you will find concerns government grants. Many websites  claim you can get debt relief grants from the government, but can you really? No.

Grants.gov is the leading resource for finding information on government grants. The United States government operates this website. You will find detailed information free of charge. Not only can you browse and search for grants, but you can apply for them too. By visiting and browsing the website, you will see hundreds of thousands of government grants. Some grants are available to individuals, but most are designed for state and local governments, colleges and universities, school districts, small business owners, Native American governments and organizations, and non-profit organizations. The grants that do exist for individuals are usually centered around improving the community and environment. For example, you may find grants to improve and conserve water, improve the process of growing organic foods, and reduce community violence.

What you will not find available on the Grants.gov website is debt relief grants from the government. Since these grants do not technically exist, why do many websites and late night infomercial products claim they do? For starters, there is inaccuracy. Some individuals mistakenly believe there are government grants to pay debts. They may have seen these online or on television. They believe they are doing a good deed by spreading the word online. Unfortunately, they were likely misinformed. On the other side of the fence, you will find those who try to profit from the growing need of debt relief. Many late night infomercial products are scams. A product selling information on government grants may not necessarily be a scam, but it is a waste of money, especially if that product claims government grants will help you get out of debt.

Honestly, the only instance in which you may find debt relief grants from the government is if you are a small business owner or a non-profit organization. Once again, this is rare. Most grants serve a purpose. If your small business or non-profit organization helps the government serve this purpose, they may be willing to extend a helping hand. If your organization help families of those suffering from autism, there may be autism related grants that can help keep your business or non-profit organization afloat.

Since it is rare to find government grants to pay debt, you may feel as if you hit a roadblock. Will you ever get out of debt? Yes. How? First, take the old fashion approach of reducing your expenses and saving money. Millions of Americans waste money on junk food, beverages, expensive television and internet packages. You do not necessarily need to go without, but try to change your habits. You will start to notice increased saved money, which you can put towards your debt. Although you are in debt, some financial lenders are willing to extend debt consolidation loans to individuals like you.

Also, many government programs are designed to help qualifying individuals save money. If you are classified as a low-income individual, you may be able to receive assistance from the federal or state government for heating costs, health care, and food. If you believe you qualify for these programs, which you can determine by contacting local officials, apply. Even if you are only able to reduce your heating bill by $20 a month, it is still $240 saved by the end of the year. You can put that money towards repaying your debt.

Advice To Help With Debt Management


Advice To Help With Debt Management Even for those who manage debt well, unexpected life changes can result in difficulty making ends meet.

When we find ourselves having problems with debt, the first course of action is to take a look at the budget. Finding ways to cut back on unnecessary expenses can help us pay down debts and keep monthly bills current. But what happens when we can’t solve our debt problems with budgeting?

Sometimes we need outside help. It’s hard to go to someone else when you’re having money troubles, but if you don’t gain control over your debts, your credit rating will suffer. So it’s important to take charge before it’s too late.

Some debtors turn to debt consolidation as an answer to debt problems. They transfer high-interest debts to a lower interest credit card, or they put up the equity in their homes to get the money to pay them off. While these options can provide lower payments, they are not without drawbacks. Closing numerous accounts and putting all of your debt into one account can negatively affect your ratio of debt to available credit, lowering your credit score. And if you use your home equity to secure the money needed to pay off debt, you’re putting your home at an unnecessary risk.

Another popular option for those with debt problems is credit counseling. Credit counseling agencies offer help with budgeting, and in some cases, they will set you up with a debt management plan. A debt management plan involves negotiation with creditors to obtain lower interest rates and lower payments. The debtor makes one monthly payment to the credit counseling agency, and the agent forwards payments to each creditor.

A debt management plan can help you get out of debt faster, but it can also impact your credit. A note is added to your credit report stating that you are undergoing credit counseling. This means that you can’t get new credit. However, the notation is removed once you’ve paid off your debts.

It’s also important to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable credit counseling agency. Some charge high fees or fail to make payments to creditors on time. There have also been some that were found to be outright scams, keeping the money that debtors sent them to pay their bills with. When considering credit counseling agencies, make sure they’re members of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA) or the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (NFCC). These organizations regulate and monitor member agencies, making sure that they operate legally and ethically.

An overabundance of debt can wreak havoc on our finances and our credit scores. It can also be the cause of undue stress. By seeking help at the first sign of trouble, we can often prevent our debts from spiraling out of control.

Consider This Advice To Restore Your Credit Report


The process of credit repair can be the key to recovering from unexpected financial distress. Only by gaining a complete understanding of the fundamentals of credit repair, will you be prepared to navigate what can be a confusing landscape. By applying the advice contained in this article, you will be off to a very good start.

Consider hiring an expert in credit repair to review your credit report. Some of the collections accounts on a report can be incorrect or duplicates of each other that we may miss. A professional will be able to spot compliance problems and other issues that when confronted can give your FICO score a significant boost.

Be careful about which collection accounts you pay off. With the current way the credit reporting system is structured, paying off a collection agency may actually lower your score because the date of last activity will be reset. A paid collection has no less of an impact on your score than an open collection. This resetting of the date of last activity also means the seven year reporting clock will restart. If you can wait out a collection agency, do it.

Talking directly to the credit bureaus can help you determine the source of reports on your history as well as give you a direct link to knowledge about improving your file. The employees at the bureaus have all the details of your history and knowledge of how to impact reports from various creditors.

Knowing how individual agencies report to bureaus will greatly improve your repair efforts. Different creditors may report problems based on certain criteria and use different time frames for reporting. Research the standards for credit cards, utilities and mortgage or rental companies to know when and how these issues are reported.

As hard as it may be, use manners with debt collectors because having them on your side as you rebuild your credit will make a world of difference. We all know that catching flies works better with honey than vinegar and being polite or even friendly with creditors will pave the way to working with them later. Unless you are filing for bankruptcy and absolving these bills, you will need to have a good relationship with everyone involved in your finances.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to try to sign up for automatic bill pay. This is important to consider because the money will automatically be taken out of your account and you will never be late, as long as the money is in there. Many times, it is simply forgetfulness that causes accounts to be paid late.

Obtain your credit report on a regular basis. You will be able to see what it is that creditors see when they are considering giving you the credit that you request. It is easy to get a free copy by doing a simple search on the internet. Take a few minutes to make sure that everything that shows up on it is accurate.

To ensure that your credit history is accurate and up to date obtain regular credit reports and carefully inspect each one. An error on your credit report can drastically affect your ability to obtain loans. There is no reason for you to suffer for a mistake that you did not make.

When trying to repair your credit, one of the easiest things to do is correct the errors on your credit report. If you see anything that is incorrect, write a letter to the lender and ask them to verify the information. Also, if there is anything that is negative that is older than 7 years old, ask the creditor to remove this as well.

If your spending habits are so out of control that you can not help yourself, you may need to hire a credit counselor. Credit counselors will examine your spending and assist you in learning about ways to repair your credit. There are non-profit and reputable organizations that can help you learn to live within your means and help you repair your credit.

If you own a house or some sort of collateral and can get a loan that is within a normal interest rate you may want to consider a debt consolidation loan. This can reduce your bills into one monthly payment and help you begin lowering your credit card debt and other debts that are bringing down your credit scores.

Pay down your debt. Aim for reducing all of your debts to about 10 percent of available credit. You should pay off the high interest accounts first, and then start on the less expensive accounts. Don’t accumulate any new credit. Focus solely on paying down the credit you already have.

Repair Your Credit

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to pay your bills on time. This is one of the most important steps for maintaining good credit and preventing your score from dropping. Bad marks for past due accounts will stay on your account for five to seven years.

When trying to repair your credit, avoid falling for scams that tell you that you can easily create a new credit file. Do not go through with this. It is called credit fraud and is highly illegal. It can cause you to get arrested or face other harsh legal repercussions.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to establish yourself a budget and stick to it. This is important because it is best to have a visual representation of how you are going to allocate your finances. This will help to organize and reduce your overall spending.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is the fact that any credit repair agency contract can be voided within three days of signing. This is important to know in case it is found out that the company is not legit or if you find other means of paying off your debt.

When trying to repair your credit, keep in mind that you will be committing a federal crime if you supply false data on a credit or loan application. It is also illegal to use false pretenses to get an Employer Identification Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. You will be acting criminally if you misrepresent your Social Security number. If you apply for credit through the internet, mail, or telephone and supply false information, you can be charged and prosecuted for committing wire or mail fraud.

If you want to repair your credit, do not keep a zero balance on your credit card. Lenders look to see if you can pay interest; they want to make money from you, so they don’t really care about your overall balance. Showing them that you have the funds to pay interest will improve your credit rating.

To repair your credit, start making your payments on time. Work on reducing credit card debt and try to keep the balances below thirty percent of the total in the future. Paying your cards on time prevents additional late payment fees and builds a positive history. The longer you can maintain a positive payment history, the higher your score will get.

The first step to take if you are trying to repair your credit score is to ask for the annual, no-cost copy of your credit report. Since your credit report contains all the information which is used to tabulate your credit score, scour it closely for any errors. Pay particular attention to the reports of late payments and make sure that the amount of debt listed for each open account is correct. If you spot any incorrect data on your credit report, dispute these errors with the reporting agency and the credit bureau.

If you want to repair your credit fast one of the best things that you can do is to pay your monthly payments on time. If the monthly balance cannot be paid, paying the minimum payment is incredibly important. Each time you pay late it is recorded and your credit score is compromised.

If you want to efficiently repair your credit, one of the things that you can do in order to achieve this is by setting up a direct debit account to automatically pay for your monthly credit card bill. This payment will be done if ever you forget to pay your monthly debt and will prevent you from receiving a bad credit score.

The concept of credit repair is something that is not always thoroughly understood. However, successful credit repair can be a godsend to anyone who has suffered financial setbacks along the way. Using the advice and tips contained in this article, is a great way to set yourself on the path to a more stable financial future.

Debt Consolidation Can Be Easy With This Advice


It isn’t easy to pay off your debts. People who accumulate debt do so because they don’t have enough income to deal with their bills. How can they ever truly deal with their debt? The fact is that debt consolidation can do the trick, and you can learn how below.

Investigate any debt consolidation company you are considering. That means calling the Better Business Bureau, but it also means you need to do some online research. Most companies will have reviews written by people who used them. Watch for any company that does not seem to have positive reviews, that could be a problem.

Find out which debts you have that will not be covered in debt consolidation. While most debts can be consolidated, there are a few that cannot, such as some student loans. You need to make sure that you know what will be covered and what will not, before you sign up.

Before you start debt consolidation, make sure to check your credit report.
When you know exactly where your problems are, you can take the initial steps to solve them. Make sure you list whom you owe money to and the current status of that, your total debt, and more. It’s nearly impossible to restructure your finances if you don’t know anything about them.

Know what you’re getting into. This is critical. Before you sign up for any debt consolidation program, be crystal clear about the terms. Not only that, but if you’ve taken out a debt consolidation loan, make sure you are sure that you got the best loan rate available. Find out as much as you can.

Consider asking your family for a debt consolidation loan. If you are reliable and have a family with means, this can be the cheapest route to debt consolidation. They pay off the debt, and you pay them at an interest rate that is more favorable then a bank would offer in a savings plan. It can be a big win for all involved.

Find out whether a company pays its counselors by commission. This is tremendously important for you, since a counselor working on commission may not have your best interests at heart. Make sure you avoid commission-paying companies, and instead opt for those that treat their employees well and pay them a salary.

You should only use debt consolidation if you plan to put the maximum amount possible down on your debts every month. Yes, your overall monthly expenditures will go down, but that should only remedy the negative balance you have every month. Otherwise, use any extra money to put back into paying off your debt.

If you really want to pay off your debt, think about using your 401K. It offers you the ability to borrow from yourself as opposed to borrowing from a traditional bank. Be sure to pay it back within five years or you will face stiff financial penalties.

With the current low home mortgage interest rates, you may be able to refinance your home and take out some of the equity. Be careful to avoid borrowing as much as possible on your new mortgage. If home values should drop even more, you may end up owning a home that is less than the amount you owe on it.

Beware of debt consolidation companies that ask for any sort of fees upfront. This is typically a tell-tale sign of a scam. If you are placed in this situation, leave the situation immediately. This is not the way a debt consolidation company should be doing business, and chances are that your finances are not in good hands.

While engaging in a debt consolidation means a smaller bill in the short term, remember that it also means your payments will drag on for much longer. Can you afford that if something were to happen in the future? Some people find that paying off one of their smaller debts works better for them. Consider your options.

If you are personally going through a Chapter 13 situation, then debt consolidation might let you keep your physical property. As long as you pay off your debt by a certain time frame, whether it is three or five years, you should still be able to retain possession of both personal and real property. It is even possible to get interest charges eliminated while you are in this process.

If you have several debts, figure out your average interest rate. You are able to compare this number to the interest rate offered by the debt consolidation companies to ensure you have made a good decision. If your interest rate is relatively low, debt consolidation might not be needed.

You have read this article from top to bottom and understand debt consolidation deeply now. That means you are ready to start using it to deal with your own financial situation. Make use of these tips so that you have a great outcome once you are using debt consolidation yourself.

Advice On How To Clear A Debt


When you have some credit issues that could threaten your overall credit rating, you may want to see what you can do to clear a debt. This means that you get the debt paid off in some way and it will be removed from the negative side of your credit report. It will turn into a positive for your credit and can even work to improve your credit score.

Many times when people have bad credit scores, they can view their credit reports and find where the worst offenders are. These may be large payoff amounts or accounts that have been pending for a very long time. They may even be a combination of both. If you can manage to clear a debt like this, your credit rating is more inclined to improve drastically. In fact, taking care of a debt that is old as well as high, can boost your credit score quite a bit.

Something else that may work, if you cannot afford to pay the entire amount at once, is to contact the place where you owe the debt. Do what you can to work out some sort of payment plan with them. You can actually work up your own before calling them. Base it on what you KNOW you can afford to pay and when you can afford to pay it. In this way, you will prove that you are sincere in your quest to clear a debt. Most of the time, companies will work with you because they want to get their money anyway they can. Occasionally, you will run into places that only want the full amount and are not interested in a payment plan. If that happens to you, it just may be necessary to start saving money so that you can pay it all off at once.

If your debt is very large, you may want to see if you can borrow the money from somewhere so that you can pay it all off. It will most likely be difficult to get a loan from a bank or other highly reputable finance company to clear a debt if your credit is awful. In that case, if you are positive you can repay the loan in installments, you may try borrowing the money from someone you are close to and who has it to spare. Just be sure that you can repay the loan in the time agreed upon.

Repair Your Credit And Succeed With This Advice

We have all found ourselves in the embarrassing situation of the constant onslaught of calls from debt collectors. Many of us have even submitted, rolled over, and died. You don’t have to give up. It may take time but credit repair is a very possible thing. This article will offer some advice to repair your credit.

Open and maintain around 2 to 4 different credit cards. It’s tempting to use less, but it will take a lot longer to rebuild your credit with only one account. Using more than 4 cards makes the impression that you aren’t managing your debt well. Keep your balances low on all of the accounts and keep them paid on time.

Examine your credit report and make sure it is correct. Credit reporting agencies are notorious for their inaccurate data collection. There may be errors if there are a lot of legitimate derogatory marks on your credit. If you find errors, use the FCRA challenge process to get them removed from your report.

If you constantly find yourself running out of money towards the end of each month, then monitor all of your spending for an entire month by using a spreadsheet or by keeping a journal. At the end of the month you can then review everything that you have purchased and make suitable adjustments to next month’s sending by considering which items are priorities.

Be wary of collection agencies that try to talk over you and will not answer your questions. Agencies that are scams will try to keep you off balance by continuously talking without giving you any facts. If they aren’t answering your questions and are threatening you, tell them to contact you only in writing.

Contact the creditors of small recent debts on your account. See if you can negotiate having them report your debt as paid as agreed if you can pay the balance in full. Make sure that if they agree to the arrangement that you get it in writing from them for backup purposes.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to call your credit card companies and ask them if they would be willing to raise the limit on your credit cards. This is important because this will increase your total available credit and therefore work to improve your score.

If you want to improve your credit score after you have cleared out your debt, consider using a credit card for your everyday purchases. Be sure that you pay off the whole balance each and every month. Using your credit regularly in this manner, brands you as a consumer who uses their credit wisely.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is the fact that your credit score will never remain the same. This is important to know because you should expect changes to it for the positive or negative and not be overly worried as long as your follow all of the basics for establishing good credit.

If you feel that your current credit situation is beyond repair, and you are planning to file for bankruptcy, current bankruptcy laws mandate that you must obtain credit counseling from an organization which is government-approved. This debt counseling must occur six months prior to filing for bankruptcy relief.

Make sure you don’t get fooled by the many credit repair scams out there. Many unscrupulous companies offer to “fix” your credit by removing information from your credit report. Instead, you’ll end up paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for nothing. Watch out for these scammers and don’t get taken for a ride.

Use multiple reporting agencies to inquire about your credit score: Experian, Transunion, and Equifax. This will give you a well-rounded view of what your credit score is. Once you know where your faults are, you will know what exactly needs to be improved when you try to repair your credit.

Pay down your debt. Aim for reducing all of your debts to about 10 percent of available credit. You should pay off the high interest accounts first, and then start on the less expensive accounts. Don’t accumulate any new credit. Focus solely on paying down the credit you already have.

Be patient. It could take up to 10 years to clean up your credit completely, depending on how bad it is. Even if you are able to get out of debt quickly somehow, you won’t be able to erase any derogatory remarks in your credit report overnight. Your score will, however, steadily improve.

Credit Repair Advice

No matter where it comes from, you must research any and all credit repair advice before putting it into practice. Between the misinformation available and the outright con-men preying on people with troubled credit, many suggestions you get may be impractical or flat-out illegal. Starting a new credit history, for example, is against the law.

Only utilize trustworthy advice on credit repair, most times only taking that from professionals. There are several sources online that offer credit repair advice, but that doesn’t mean you can rely on it all. In fact, there are several sources online that could provide information that is out of date or incorrect, which could be harmful to your credit if you used it.

Reading this article was the first step to repairing your credit. It surely won’t happen overnight, but if you stick to it and apply the advice obtained in this article, it shouldn’t be long before you find yourself with decent credit again. Then when you get to that point you will even know what to do to avoid getting there again.

Advice On Debt Collectors And Debt Collection Agencies

Credit card repair is the process of actively improving or rehabilitating one’s credit worthiness among creditors. There are many elements to credit card repair and it is imperative that individuals seek proper guidance based on their specific credit history and situation. In order to improve one’s credit rating, ultimately individuals must curtail and change their current credit habits for the positive. Unfortunately by the time an individual realizes that he/she is over his head (where credit damage is concerned); it is so late in the process that the credit damage may seem insurmountable. Eventually, the individual may receive repeated contact from creditor and/or debt collectors in regard to outstanding (or many times, incorrectly reported) debt. Debt collector’s calls can be overwhelming in some instances. Here are a few tips that we have found useful when dealing with debt collectors.

Remeber that kid in elementary school who was about 2 times bigger than every other 8 year old in the school? He is the one that put you in the trash can and took your lunch money in return for not giving you a black eye. Yeah…that guy! Well, “that guy” is now the debt collector in America, specifically, Buffalo, NY is America’s debt collection capital, and they are ruthless when it comes to calling debtors and making claims when trying to get payments. However collection companies from all over America are excessively growing. If you owe a debt, make sure you know what to say to these debt collectors when they call you and make outrageous claims. These collection companies are telling consumers that they are lawyers, they will foreclose the debtors’ homes, they will take away their children, and they will seize their bank accounts. Take away your kids??? REALLY?!? NO! Outrageous statements like this are causing an escalation in complaints annually.

So what do you do when these guys call you?

If these collection companies call you, do not settle with them. Never settle with any third party collector, but instead, if you want to settle your debt, settle it with the original account holder. Let’s say that you let a credit card with chase bank go to collections. Chase bank is going to sell that account to a collection agency, and the collection agency is going to call you (in some cases up to 15 times or more per day) and threaten you until you pay that debt to them. Don’t do it! If you decide you want to pay off that debt or settle it, contact chase bank and make the deal with them. So many things can go wrong with that unethical 3rd party collection company. You could make a payment to them, and they might end up never reporting it paid off, so you just lost a wad of cash because of unethical practices and no proof.

If these collection companies call you, tell them to put everything that they have to say to you in writing and mail it to you. This way, you will have documented proof of what they say and what you say. They might say “no”, and threaten you with ridiculous threats. If this happens, there is good news. You can send out a “cease and desist” letter, which will force them to stop calling you, put everything in writing, and mail it to them.

Does A Collection Aggency Have The Right To Sue For Debt – Advice on the Legal Powers of Debt Collection Agencies

If you owe money to a company and you are behind with your repayments, they may well use a debt collection agency to try to collect the money from you. A debt collection agencies have no rights to enter your home or take your possessions. All a debt collection agency can do is chase you by telephone, write to you and call at your home in an attempt to get payments from you.

Can A Collection Agency Sue For Debt – That Depends Whether They Own The Debt Or Not

If you genuinely owe money, then the person or organization you owe money to has the right to sue you by taking legal action against you through the Courts. Typically a company will try a debt collection agency first, and then consider legal action if that does not work. Any subsequent legal action will be on the part of the original creditor, but they may still use the collection agency to progress the matter on their behalf.

A debt collection agency can only sue you if your debt is with them, not a third party creditor. Some debt collection companies buy bad debts for a fraction of their value and make their money by trying to recover the full amount of the debt. If the company you originally owed money to sold the debt to such a collection agency, then that agency could indeed sue you to recover that debt, because the debt now legally belongs to them.

Can A Collection Agency Sue For Debt – Just Because They Can, Does Not Mean They Will

Even if you are chased by a debt collection agency and are threatened with legal action by the agency or the original creditor, it is by no means certain that they will go ahead and sue you. Whether they take legal action will depend on many things, the overall governing factor being whether they think they are going to end up better off by suing you or not.

There are costs involved in legal action and the process can be slow, so if the debt is relatively small, or if they think you really haven’t got the money to pay, they may decide to cut their losses. Bear in mind that only a small proportion of debts end up being settled through the court, and that even if the court finds in their favour, there is still no guarantee they will get the money.

Can A Collection Agency Sue For Debt – The Legal Process of Being Sued

The exact process of going to court will vary depending which country or state you live in, but essentially you will be required to appear in either a small claims or higher court (US) or a County Court (UK). The first thing you should always do if you are being sued is to take legal advice. The principles in the US and UK are very similar, but I will outline them separately in the interests of clarity.

Being Sued For Debt In The US

You will receive a court Summons and a Complaint (stating how much they say you owe). It is important that you take notice of these and that you attend court on the specified day. Failure to do so will result in the court judging in favor of the company suing you. Prior to this you are free to contact the company you owe money to and see whether a settlement can be agreed.

If you can’t reach a settlement, then you will need to attend court. If you do not agree with the amount being claimed (or that you owe the money at all), you must attend court to fight your case. When you inform the judge that you are contesting the case there will need to be a ‘trial’ which may well be on another date.

You should also consider whether you wish to enter any defences or counterclaims. A defence should be based on legal reasons why the claimant is not entitled to any or part of the money claimed. Counterclaims might be for something like a violation of consumer protection laws by the creditor. The lodging of a valid defence or counterclaim can increase the likelihood of the claimant dropping or settling the claim if they think the case is going to be lengthy and costly to fight.

Can A Collection Agency Sue For Debt – Conclusions

Anyone who you owe money to can sue you to recover it. This will only be a collection agency if they have bought the debt from the original company that you owed it to. It is obviously preferable to avoid letting things get this far in the first place. No debt is impossible to deal with. It may take time and be painful for a while but you can deal with any debt crisis yourself if you take the proper step by step approach.

In the US the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act regulates how debt collection agencies can operate. Many states also have their own laws relating to debt collection, and in general if the state law is considered to be more restrictive than the FDCPA regulations, then the state law is what counts.  These set out guidelines on how they should operate, and list examples of unfair practices, such as harassment or pretending they have more powers and rights than they do.

Debt Elimination Advice

 

Debt Elimination can be done in many ways. Consumers can also consider various options on how to settle the tax debt or reduce its debts generally. Once you have decided on a plan of legitimate debt relief, then you have to check if you have a total debt of $ 10,000. If so, you may need the help of a settlement. You should seek help from a legitimate debt relief service company. You should choose the best company debt settlement services to help settle the tax debt and get relief from all your other debts. Debt relief Services Company will intervene between you and your creditor as a third party.

The debt relief service will talk to your creditors on your behalf. The expert professionals will help in the settlement process. You can get a reduction in your account up to sixty percent of the sum of the original debt.

Out of debt is not impossible, but you can not do it over night. There are also many options and solutions available for people who want to get out of debt. You can repay the loan taken from the employees on monthly basis in the way of payroll deduction. If you have high credit score, then you can go for the option of obtaining a personal loan. It also can be used for any purpose you want. All these options are available to people who are having a high credit score or if you have an asset on your hand. You can make minimum payments on credit card. The actual repayment of loan can be made in the following days.

If you go for other options rather than an agreement to pay the debt, then you can enjoy a debt reduction in the shortest possible time. There are many online services available to consumers. You can use the online service for solving debt relief. They will help you contact the creditor and will speak on your behalf.

With all the debt elimination advices, it can be a little confusing to know what really to do about getting rid of your debt. Some information may sound very technical and difficult to implement in practice. Other information that you really need to understand the mistake for borrowing in the first place. The best advice debt elimination could be a bit of both mixed in a careful consideration of the unique circumstances of the debtor.

The thing to remember is that no two financial situations are exactly alike. To reach a strong debt elimination plan, personal finance, consumer needs and habits should be evaluated. Any service that debt reduction does not take into consideration its individual circumstances is pretty useless. The best advice of overall debt including tips for understanding and assessing your situation in order to choose the plan that best suits your needs.

1. Obligations of the list

On paper or on your computer create a list of all your debts. Create two columns, one for the monthly payments and total balances due. These should include credit cards, mortgages, loans and other debts you may have. Once you have completed the two columns, total them. You can be a bit overwhelmed by these figures, at first. Analysis of these figures is the first step in reducing your debt.

Collect the most recent statements of all your debts. Inspect for the amount of interest paid and order from largest to smallest. On a separate sheet or page, the list of these debts to pay higher interest rates to lowest.

2. Snowball Method

The “snowball method” of debt elimination is a process where you pay a debt at a time, keeping your monthly payments to others. After cutting your budget as much as possible, increase your monthly debt payments of higher interest for all you can afford. Pay the monthly minimum on the rest of your debts.

The increased share of higher debt interest will bring the balance down and allow you to remove in much shorter time than if you had paid the minimum payment required. Once the first debt is paid off, apply what is paid monthly to the second debt in the list, which is organized by the interest rate. Add the monthly payment you were paying to the first debt to the minimum payment of the second debt.

Every time you pay a debt in the list, add the payment of that debt to the minimum payment of next debt. This is a surprisingly quick and effective way to reduce your debts. It also has the advantage of showing the decrease in the balance of your statements. You will see results quickly. This is a debt elimination strategy. If you are not comfortable with this or any other strategy, consult a professional for more ways on debt elimination.

 

Free Legal Advice On Debt Settlement

 

Thе rесеnt есоnоmіс сrіѕіѕ аnd ѕоmе оthеr аѕѕосіаtеd fасtоrѕ hаvе dеѕtаbіlіzеd thе fіnаnсіаl соndіtіоnѕ оf thе whоlе соuntrу. Thоѕе whо аrе ѕuffеrіng vеrу dеvаѕtаtіnglу untіl nоw аrе dеbtоrѕ оf mеdісаl bіllѕ. Thеу hаvе hugе burdеn оf thеіr mеdісаl bіllѕ wіthоut ѕоund rерауmеnt сараbіlіtіеѕ. Thеу аrе rеасhіng nеаrеr tо bаnkruрtсу bу еасh раѕѕіng dау аѕ аlmоѕt thеіr еntіrе fіnаnсіаl аѕѕеtѕ hаvе bееn flооdеd іn thе rесеnt fіnаnсіаl tѕunаmі.

Nо оnе саn ассurаtеlу gаugе thе іntеnѕіtу оf thеіr dіffісultіеѕ. Pеорlе аrе bеіng hаrаѕѕеd аnd thrеаtеnеd bу thеіr сrеdіtоrѕ. Thе іntеrеѕt rаtе оvеr thеіr lіаbіlіtіеѕ іѕ соnѕtаntlу ріlіng. Crеdіtоrѕ аrе іmроѕіng hеаvу реnаltіеѕ оvеr thеm duе tо whісh thеіr рrіnсірlе dеbt аmоunt оf mеdісаl bіllѕ іѕ bесоmіng аlmоѕt dоublе.

Thеу аrе fасіng duаl саlаmіtіеѕ bесаuѕе оn thе оnе ѕіdе, thеу аrе bеаrіng wоrѕt fіnаnсіаl сараbіlіtіеѕ аnd оn thе оthеr ѕіdе, thеу аrе арраrеntlу fіndіng nо ѕоlutіоnѕ tо thеіr ѕеvеrе рrоblеmѕ і.е. rерауmеnt оf thеіr hugе mеdісаl bіllѕ. Dеbtоrѕ muѕt knоw thаt thеу hаvе rеасhеd аt ѕuсh а ѕtаgе іn whісh thеу саnnоt ѕuссеѕѕfullу соnfrоnt wіth thеіr сrеdіtоrѕ аlоnе. Thеу nееd bеnеfісіаl аnd еffісіеnt hеlр оf lеgаl аdvіѕоrѕ ѕо thаt thеу саn сhооѕе thе rіght trасk.

Lеgаl аdvіѕоrѕ оr еxреrtѕ рrоvіdе аdvісе hоw tо ѕеttlе уоur mаѕѕіvе mеdісаl lіаbіlіtіеѕ. Thеу ѕuggеѕt thе mоѕt bеnеfісіаl аnd fеаѕіblе wауѕ tо соnfrоnt wіth thіѕ сhаllеngе. In fасt, thеу mаkе thе rерауmеnt оf уоur mеdісаl bіllѕ а lоt еаѕіеr fоr уоu.

Aссоrdіng tо thе еxреrtѕ, thе bеѕt wау tо ѕеttlе уоur mаѕѕіvе mеdісаl lіаbіlіtіеѕ іѕ tо асquіrе thе dеbt ѕеttlеmеnt рrоgrаm. Thіѕ рrоgrаm іѕ саrеfullу dеѕіgnеd tо hеlр thоѕе dеbtоrѕ whо hаvеn’t ѕuffісіеnt rеѕоurсеѕ tо mееt wіth thеіr сrеdіtоrѕ’ сlаіmѕ аnd thеу аrе bесоmіng fruѕtrаtеd duе tо thеіr ruіnеd fіnаnсіаl сараbіlіtіеѕ.

Thrоugh thе dеbt ѕеttlеmеnt рrоgrаm, уоu саn ѕеttlе уоur mаѕѕіvе unѕесurеd dеbtѕ іn а vеrу ѕhоrt ѕраn оf tіmе. Fоr thіѕ рurроѕе, уоu wіll hаvе tо аррrоасh dеbt ѕеttlеmеnt соmраnіеѕ bесаuѕе уоu саnnоt еffісіеntlу nеgоtіаtе wіth уоur lеndеrѕ іn уоur fаvоr аѕ thеѕе dеbt ѕеttlеmеnt соmраnіеѕ саn. Thаt’ѕ whу іt іѕ hіghlу еnсоurаgеd tо ѕееk аѕѕіѕtаnсе frоm thаt dеbt nеgоtіаtіоn соmраnу whісh hаѕ роѕіtіvе fаmе іn thе mаrkеt.

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