The Facts on Debt Settlement

By: Tristan Andrews

Debt settlement is a transaction that involves a third party to negotiate an individual or a company's debt to its creditor. Because of the difficult task involved in resolving disputes over unpaid debts, a company offering debt settlement services is often a most sought-after solution. But what really goes into debt settlement and how does it work?

Legally, a creditor still has the right to make arrangements with the debtor despite the presence of a debt settlement company. However, there are also instances where creditors agree to settle matters with the said third party. After which, all forms of communication regarding the debt settlement is usually done through the said negotiating party.

The actual hiring of a debt settlement company may bring a number of benefits to both the debtor and the creditor. For the debtor, the benefits include less contact with a creditor who will most likely pressure him to pay the debt. In addition, employing a third party specializing in such services will be able to negotiate for a decreased percentage of balance of payment. And this decreased rate can go as high as 40 to 60 percent depending on the agreed settlement.

Meanwhile, the creditor may also benefit from the third party's coming into the picture despite the possibility that the latter will be able to negotiate a lower creditor's collectibles. For one, there is an ongoing settlement and chances are the debt will be paid instead of the debtor filing bankruptcy and the debt remaining unpaid after. In fact, creditors know very well that a debtor who has run out options in the money borrowing department will cease to have the ability to pay off debts. This is what often happens as those who are in debt are often caught in the practice of borrowing money from one lending institution to pay off another debt.

Thus, debt settlement companies do benefit both parties with debt settlement transactions that they initiate and which usually takes place within a period of one to three years. During this time, the debtor enters into a contract with the debt settlement company, and the latter receives authorization to transact on his/her/their behalf.

Furthermore, the debtor commits to opening an account where monthly payments are made until such time that the amount of money reflected on the debt settlement is achieved. The debt settlement company starts negotiations with the creditor as soon as there is an accumulation of money in the said account. Afterwards, the debt company forwards the money to the creditor and the debt is paid off.

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