If you are overwhelmed by too much credit card debt, we can help!
Many people find themselves drowning in credit card debt and other unsecured debts, but don't know what to do about it?
We get calls daily asking for advice from people who have too much credit card debt in Portland, Oregon (where our office is).
Maybe you find yourself in this situation and have considered:
- Debt Management,Consolidation or Credit Counseling
- Debt Settlement
There are many factors that should be considered before deciding on which program or debt solution would be appropriate for you:
Are you still working or have you retired?
Is you primary source of income from Retirement Sources?
- Social Security
If unemployed, what are the realistic chances that you will find a job within the next 3 months or so and if so, will you be earning the same as before or less?
Let's discus the first option, DEBT MANAGEMENT.
Debt Management is the term used today can also be referred to as "Debt Consolidation" or "Credit Counseling".
In a Debt Management Program, you most likely will have several credit cards or other unsecured accounts and you are making the minimum payments, but the interest rates and fees are making it almost impossible to pay off these debts within 15-20 years!
In a Debt Management Program, you will get credit card debt help as you will have:
- ONE MONTHLY PAYMENT
- LOWER INTEREST RATES
- MOST FEES ARE FORGIVEN
- A TARGET OF 48-60 MONTHS TO BE DEBT FREE!
How will this affect your credit score?
Your credit score is deteremined by several factors. Here are a few:
- How much debt to income you have (debt/income ratio).
- How much debt you have taken on compared to the available credit you have.
- Your payment history.
- Types of credit accounts you have.
You must realize that having too much credit is usually the main reason your credit score is low.
Any program that helps ELIMINATE DEBT, will ultimately help improve your credit score!
If after a thorough FINANCIAL CONSULTATION, it is obvious that you cannot afford a Debt Management Program, then may qualify for a Debt Settlement Program.
In a Debt Settlement Program, you will have ONE MONTHLY PAYMENT that is designed to fit your budget.
It is usually much lower than what would be required of a Debt Management Program's payment.
In a Debt Settlement Program, your accounts WILL NOT be getting a monthly payment.
Most people who choose Debt Settlement over Debt Management, have had a severe financial hardship or have had accounts that have been charged off or are severely delinquent.
Debt collectors are calling constantly.
In a Debt Settlement Program, a trained debt negotiator will arranage a reduced payoff of that account.
Once settled, the company or creditor will report it to the credit reporting agencies as "paid as agreed" or "settled as agreed" or in some cases, "paid in full" or "settled in full".
Now your credit report will show a $0 balance and your credit will slowly improve as your debts are paid!
Finally, after examining your first two options, you may be forced to seek BANKRUPTCY for protection from your creditors.
There are basically two forms of BANKRUPTCY available to most consumers:
Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Before considering bankruptcy, you should consult a Bankruptcy Attorney.
Look for a local bankruptcy attorney who specializes in bankruptcy. Many law firms try to be a "one stop fits all" firm and that is not for you!
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