Looking for a reputable Debt Settlement Company?
Here are 5 Characteristics you need to look for:
1) HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Years ago, there was a lot of so-called Debt Settlement Companies that started. They offered big promises, but delivered poor results.
Most of them were nothing more than "get-rich-quick" or "fly-by-night" outfits that took advantage of many people. The Attorneys General's office of most states were flooded with complaints and took action, levying severe fines against many causing them to shut down.
If you find a company that hasn't been around for more than 5 years...you should keep looking!
2) WHAT KIND OF TRACK RECORD DO THEY HAVE WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF YOUR STATE?
This is easy to find out, just goggle your state's attorney general or the consumer protection division of your state.
You will be able to find a list of registered Debt Settlement Companies for states that require registration, and you will find complaints and or fines that have been levied against fraudulent companies.
3) WHAT KIND OF BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU GRADE DO THEY HAVE?
About a year ago, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) lowered all Debt Settlement or Debt Management Companies rating due to all of the fraud and legal action that had been taken by the states and federal government.
You may not know this, but the BBB is an independent business entity and NOT associated with he government or credit bureaus in any way.
Some Debt Settlement Companies are "accredited" and other opt not to seek the BBB's accreditation. Accreditation means the Debt Settlement Company has paid a large fee (and continuing annual fees) to have this "tag".
The real test of a companies rating is the complaints and resolution of those complaints that the BBB records.
Be aware of companies with too many complaints...something is wrong!
To see our BBB rating and report, CLICK HERE.
4) WHEN YOU CONTACT THE COMPANY, DO THEY TRY TO "SIGN YOU UP" ON THE FIRST CALL?
There's nothing wrong with a company trying to make money helping people solve their debt problems, but BE AWARE of a company or representative who is too agressive!
In order to do a professional, thorough job, they need to take the time and have the patience to find out all about you and your paticular circumstances.
A professional, reputable debt settlement company wants to explore several options, such as:
Debt Management (formerly called Credit Counseling)
Debt Consolidation through a personal or equity loan
And yes, possibly Bankruptcy
A few outstanding companies offer more programs or services than just Debt Settlement or Debt Management.
You might think twice if a company who only offers Debt Settlement speaks negative about Debt Management Programs and vice-versa!
5) HOW PERSONABLE OR PLEASANT IS THE REPRESENTAVIE?
If you get a bad feeling about the rep, KEEP LOOKING!
Professionally trained and experienced Debt Settlement Representatives are PATIENT AND ASK A LOT OF GOOD QUESTIONS.
The company does not have to be local to be one of the best, but on the other hand, if you feel they have out-sourced their services to an overseas company, I'd be a skeptical.
If you call back, will you be speaking with the same rep?
Bottom line...you need to have a good feeling about the rep and company or keep looking!
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