Debt Relief Options in Oregon

Excesive debt can be a very stressful and frustrating.  

Here a some options for how to find relief:


DEBT, talk about a "four letter word!"

There are several reasons why someone gets ends up carrying too much debt:

  • Loss of employment
  • Death of a spouse or significant other
  • Illness or Disability
  • Retirement...Living on a Fixed Income

But, regardless of the reason, YOU HAVE OPTIONS!

The worst thing you can do is to just keep trying to make the minimum payments due on your credit cards!

Did you know that there is a little box on your monthly credit card statement that tells you how long it may take and how much much interest you may end up paying on your account.

Yes, you have to look close, but most often it will reveal that by only making the minimum payments, it may take 10-15 years and possibly 4-5 times the amount you originally borrowed!

There has to be a better way...


If you can find just an extra $100 a month, and apply that extra money to a DEBT ACCELERATION PLAN, you should be able to pay off all of your credit cards usually 4-5 years instead of 10-15 and SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!

I know what your thinking...

"Are you kidding me?  How can I find any extra money when I can barely make the payments that are due now?:

Well, maybe its time to make some sacrifices for the short term that could give you such a wonderful feeling of being DEBT FREE in the future?

For example, what if you took a close look at some of the extra things you are spending money on like:

  • A Starbucks coffee drink once or twice a day
  • Buying a burger or lunch each day 
  • A pack or two of cigarettes a day

Let's say a coffee drink costs about $4.00 and you get at least one each day:

      30 days times $4.00 = $120 bucks each month

Get the idea?

If you take that extra $100 and add it to the smallest payment ( say $45) you have and continue to make the minimum payments on the other cards, you'll pay off that card in a short period of time.

Now you take the total ($145) and add it to the next smallest payment (say $55) and you are paying a total of $200 toward that second account.  You'll have that one paid off in a shorter period of time and of course, saving tons of interest!

Take that total ($200) and add it to the next one (say $100 minimum) and you are paying a total of $300 towards that 3rd card.  It will be paid off in a much shorter time and again...saving thousands of dollars in interest!

And so on, and so on....

Want to see step-by-step "how to"...


OK, but what if you are just too strapped to not only find any extra funds, but can't even make the minimum payments that are do?

Option # 2:

You can see by now that even if you could somehow make the minimum payments, you are basically looking at a long, long time to get these accounts paid off and you are going to end up paying thousands of dollars in interest and fees.  So, what else can you do?

If this is your situation, you should strongly consider a DEBT SETTLEMENT PLAN.  

If your in this type of financial situation, most likely, some (or maybe all) of your accounts may have been charged off and turned over or purchased by a Debt Collector.

And, if this has happened to you, then you know that the phone rings all day long and you are getting "nasty" letters warning you to PAY UP or ELSE!

First, let's take care of those phone calls.  According to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, if you mail a letter to the debt collector requesting that they STOP CALLING you, then they must comply.

It's not hard and here is a link that will make it easy for you:

STOP Collection Calls Free Sample Letter

A Debt Collector or Debt Buyer may be willing to accept an amount LESS THAN THE FULL BALANCE, depending on your particular situation.

Negotiations with a debt collector can be done, but most likely be very stressful.  Not everyone can "do-it-yourself" and that is why reputable Debt Settlement Companies can offer valuable service.

Once a settlement agreement has been negotiated, you will receive a WRITTEN settlement agreement.  DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT send or agree to payment without the written debt settlement agreement.

I had a client tell me about a debt collection company agree to a settlement but trick the client that before they could mail the settlement agreement, they needed a small payment to "keep the account from going to their attorney for legal action".

The account was only a couple of months away from exceeding the statute of limitations in the state of their residence. 

They authorized a payment by phone using a bank account for a "check-by-phone" or credit card, triggered a new time period for the statute of limitations.  

Now the debt collection company voided the verbal settlement agreement and demanded full payment or they would sue!

Fortunately, they gave us a call here at Debt Relief NW, LLC and we were able to re-negotiate a very good settlement for them.

Although it is possible for you to negotiate a settlement on your debt, it is not as easy as some it seems.  For a FREE evaluation, contact us:

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Is Debt Settlement Your Best Option?

When faced with too much credit card and other unsecured debts, you really have only a few options. 

Here's some tips how to determine your best option?

I'm talking about credit card debt as well as other unsecured debts such as:

  • Personal loans
  • Private student loans
  • Store cards
  • Medical bills
  • Repossessions

Next to a very large consolidation loan (personal or home equity type), borrowing money from family and friends, withdrawing money from your 401(K) or other retirement plans, you really only have 3 basic options.


  • Debt Management (or in some cases using a Snowball Debt Reduction Plan)
  • Debt Settlement
  • Bankruptcy

Notice I didn't mention using the creditor's offer of a Hardship Plan as this is only a temporary, short term fix, that only delays the inevitable repayment of the debt!

And also notice that I didn't mention the so called "Pay-Day" loans.  Stay clear of those at all costs!!!

Do you qualify for a Debt Management Program?

If you are only able to make the minimum payments required of all of your credit cards and other unsecured debts, you should know by now that it may take you many years (anywhere from 10-15, depending on which article your read) and 3-4 times the original amount borrowed to repay those debts!

If you enroll in a Debt Management Program (formerly and sometimes still referred to as a Credit Counseling Program), here's what usually happens:

The Debt Management Company will contact each of your creditors.  Most of the hundreds upon hundreds of creditors usually have an agreement with Debt Management Companies to:

  • Lower or eliminate interest rates
  • Forgive or reduce late or over-the-limit fees
  • Re-Age your account (make it look like it you are not behind on payments)

You will make ONE MONTHLY PAYMENT to the Debt Management Company.  Although some of the Ads you see or hear seem to say that they can reduce your monthly payment, that is not usually the case.

Credit card companies figured out many years ago that they could make more money by NOT HAVING THE CONSUMER PAY OFF THE CARDS!  That's right, the credit card industry actually makes more profit from late fees, over-limit-fees, annual fees and low minimum monthly payment requirements, than they do on the high interest rates they charge.

For some shocking insight into what credit cards companies are doing, click here.

I don't want to get lost in the various calculation methods the credit card companies use to calculate the minimum monthly payment, but most credit card companies only charge 2% of the balance/12.

In most Debt Management Programs, the total or single monthly payment you will be required to make is about 2.7%.  This includes the payment to the Debt Management Company.  Did you really think they worked for free because they are incorporated as a "non-profit"?

Example:  Let's say you have a total of $20,000 of credit card debt.  (BTW...the average consumer has 8 cards with an average total balance of $9,000!)

$20,000 x 2% = $400 minimum monthly payment required now

In a Debt Management Program, $20,000 x 2.7% = $540 per month or $140 more!!!

If you are barely making the minimum payments now, how can you increase it by $140?

But before I move on to the second option, if you could make increase your monthly payments each month, why not check out a SNOWBALL DEBT REDUCTION PLAN?

A Snowball Debt Reduction Plan is a great way to reduce your debts more quickly and avoid paying the cost to a Debt Management Company.

However, not everyone has the discipline to set up, monitor and track a Snowball Debt Reduction Plan.  If you're like this, maybe you could use a little help...

But what if you don't have any extra money at the end of the month?  In fact, you are not  making the minimum payments and some or all of your accounts are "past-due" or in collections?

Then you should consider a Debt Settlement Program.

Or, perhaps you have fallen behind because of:

  • Small fixed retirement income
  • Disability
  • Unemployment
  • Divorce
  • Death of spouse or partner
  • Too little income...too much debt!

A Debt Settlement Program may be just what you need!

  • One monthly payment (customized to fit your existing budget)
  • Most debts will eventually be settled for 50% or more
  • Avoid seeking bankruptcy
  • Become DEBT FREE in 36-48 months 

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What about Bankruptcy?

If your financial situation is such that you not only cannot afford extra payments required of a Debt Management Program, a Snowball Debt Reduction Plan or a Debt Settlement Program, then you need to consult an attorney about BANKRUPTCY.

There are differing opinions about bankruptcy, but regardless, if you have accumulated so much debt that realistically you will never be able to repay, you owe it to yourself to check out your bankruptcy options.

Other questions?  Let us help.







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4 Money Management Tips for Couples

money management tips for couplesAre money issues plaguing your marital bliss? Well, you're definitely not alone. In fact, research shows that couples fight more about money than any other issue—including sex, jobs, children, and religion.

For a relationship to be healthy and sustainable, both people must be committed to working through money issues. If your marriage is going through a financial rough patch, don’t worry! With a little work and a lot of communication, you'll get through the tough times.

Here are 4 money management tips to get back on the road to a happy and stable relationship:

Tip #1: Hold Yourself Accountable

Let's face it—your spouse probably isn't the only one to blame for financial problems in your relationship. Many people have bad habits when it comes to managing and spending money.

So before confronting your spouse, take some time to carefully analyze your own money habits. See if there are ways you can improve and then jot down ideas about how to make positive changes. When you lead by example, you’ll inspire your spouse to improve their financial habits as well.

Tip #2: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Conversations about money with your partner can get feisty. However, don’t let anger or resentment get the best of you.

Shaming your partner will only embarrass, humiliate, or anger him/her—so be cautious when you talk about money. If you feel that your partner is too careless with money or doesn't include you in financial decisions enough, calmly express how it makes you feel.

Try using this formula: "Whenever you [insert money habit], it makes me feel [insert emotion]."

Explain your thoughts and feelings logically and ask your partner if they'd be willing to work as a team to improve. Keeping any anger and resentment out of a money conversation will make it much more positive and productive!

Tip #3: Make Plans for your Future

One of the most unique ways to improve your relationship as a couple is to start planning for a successful financial future that you will enjoy together. Perhaps you want to save for a home, car, vacation, or early retirement.

Whatever the two of you envision for your future, start making decisions about how you'll reach those goals. Come up with a plan that you can stick to. Many of your financial goals will be long-term, so make sure to have little celebrations every few months to acknowledge your progress.

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Tip #4: Talk about Spending Ahead of Time

Since you and your spouse probably won't be together every time you buy something, it's important to talk about big purchases ahead of time. The discussion could be as simple as making a phone call while you're shopping and asking, "Are you ok with me getting these shoes?"

It might seem a little overboard and juvenile, but trust me, considering your partner’s thoughts and feelings will pay off in the long run!

Money isn't always easy to talk about, but that doesn’t mean it has to wreak havoc in your relationship. Use these 4 tips to improve your finances as a couple and make your relationship stronger.



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3 Tips for Debt Relief

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If you have too much debt and not enough income to service the minimum payments, it is time to take action before bankruptcy is your only option.

Here are 3 tips that will help you find debt relief

#1 Take a close look at your finances

You need to find out exactly where you are in your finances. In other words, you must know how much you have coming in each month and how much must go out.  One of the best things you can do is to sit down and complete a BASIC BUDGET.

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NET INCOME means this is what you have left to spend after mandatory state and federal taxes are taken out of your paycheck. If you are self employed...don't kid are going to have to PAY UP, so deduct those taxes (including payroll if you have employees).

#2  Evaluate your debt

How much unsecured debt (credit cards, store cards, personal lines of credit, medical bills, etc.) do you have and more important, how much is the minimum payment required to meet all of them?

If you must have $500 a month just to cover the minimum payments required, and you honestly only have $350 a month after all mandatory expenses, YOU'VE ONLY GOT A COUPLE OF CHOICES.

#3  Review Your Options with an Experienced Counselor!

Don't give up and just seek bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy may end up being the best choice for you, but before you jump in, make sure you know all of your options!

In order to determine which program is best for you, you will need to spend a few minutes with an experienced counselor.  This service is FREE and you are under NO OBLIGATION.

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Your 5 Most Common DEBT SETTLEMENT Questions Answered

debt settlement questionsChoosing to enroll in a Debt Settlement program with Debt Relief NW or any other company can be a tough decision.  Every day we get asked some of the same questions over and over again about the Debt Settlement program. 

Below I have answered the top 5 most common Debt Settlement question to help you in making this important and life changing decision.

When will Debt Relief start negotiating my debts?

Once you have enrolled in the program, your creditors will be notified, and the process will begin. Your debts will be resolved as funds become available through your savings plan.

Will my creditors continue to contact me?

The original creditor retains the right to contact you, until such time as the debt has been transferred to a 3rd party for collection efforts. Because you may still receive phone calls from the creditors, we will provide you with the tools you need to handle those calls. Your creditors can also contact you by mail. If you have questions regarding any correspondence you receive, you should immediately contact your Solutions Specialist. They will handle all of your creditors and collectors on your behalf. debt settlement question

Do all of my creditors have to be included in the Debt Settlement program?

No. We will handle only those debts that you want to include in the program. Many people retain one credit account for emergency use. Discuss your situation with your Solutions Specialist.

How long will my Debt Settlement program last?

This depends upon the amount you can save monthly and how much debt you are have. At Debt Relief, we offer programs that can fit within any budget and can eliminate your debt in as little as 18 months. However, we will work with you to create a program that specifically address your needs and objectives.

Will I be able to get credit in the future?

Yes. When you have successfully finished the program, the debt you placed in our program will have a zero balance. Good cash flow and the ability to pay are what lenders look for. Clients are able to purchase homes, refinance and obtain credit cards, and re-establish their good credit rating.

Only you can know what is the best decision for you and your family.  However, our Debt Solutions Specialist are here to answer all of your questions and help you decide if Debt Settlement is your best option or if there is another program that would work better for you. 

Please submit your questions in the comments section below or simply give us a call!


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