Debt Settlement and Personal Debt Consolidation

One method of getting out of debt is to file bankruptcy, which arranges the service of a debt settlement company. This service will typically use a personal debt consolidation approach to pay off your creditors.

The following is what debt settlement entails:

You will no longer make any payments to your creditors. Instead, you make all of your normal payments to a separate savings account for personal debt consolidation. These payments are generally a lot lower than the minimum payments that you are used to making on your bills.

After several months of unpaid debt, your lender will consider them charged off. Basically, the lender will write them off their books as uncollected bad debts. The lender generally will still try to collect these debts and at the same time you will be building your savings account. When it comes to this point, the company will negotiate settlements on your debts.

A lot of times they are negotiated down to $.25 on the dollar will usually is around 50% to 75% range. Depending on your total debt, under most personal debt consolidation programs you will be out of unsecured debt in 12 to 36 months. Twenty-four months is generally the standard. Your payoff is typically 50 to 60% of the amount owed that you entered the program with, including all fees charged by the settlement company.

For example, if you were in debt $40,000 and entered a personal debt consolidation program, your payments would likely to be $1000 a month. After two years of paying $1000 a month you would have paid $24,000 including all fees associated with your debt. That is 60% of $40,000 that was originally due in your debt.

A few things acknowledge about debt settlement:

1.   Make sure that all money you put into your savings account is kept separate away from your debt settlement company. 2.   You want all phone calls from creditors to be handled by the debt settlement company. The company you hire generally will have a representative that will be able to communicate with your creditors for you. This can avoid the harassment and stress that you may have been encountering when you started falling behind. 3.   Although your creditors may forgive some of your debts, you are still responsible for taxes. Most consumers can get the IRS to wave these taxes, but you will want to talk to professional tax advisor. 4.   This personal debt consolidation program is designed for people in hardship situations, not for people who just refuse to pay their debts back. The debt settlement company that you in choir will qualify you based on the overall financial picture.

Credit card companies are fully aware when they increase credit lines and interest rates that there will be a percentage of people that will not pay them back. Make no doubt about it - they are still highly profitable. Don't feel bad about having to resort to debt settlement. Do what you have to do and all you can do is pay what you can.

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