Debt Relief Settlement May Help Reduce Financial Pain

by : Benjamin Brook

Depending on how much you owe, who you and how you have treated the company to which the money is owed, there is a chance you can negotiate a debt relief settlement that can save some money while ending your financial obligation. Many times companies do not want you to know about their willingness to possibly accept a lower amount on what you owe, but if they understand your circumstances, they may be more willing to negotiate a debt relief settlement with you instead of ending up in court.

When people have circumstances arise that prevents them from fulfilling their monthly obligations, contacting the creditor before the account gets too far out of hand and explaining the problem, often elicits some sympathy from the creditor. They may be willing to work on debt relief settlement through lower payment amounts or, if you are in a position to offer a lump sum payment, they may accept a percentage of the amount owed as payment in full.

However, it is best to contact them before the debt goes to collections, either internal or to an external agency. Once the account is in the collection status, the company can no longer work with the debtor on collecting a debt. A debt relief settlement will need to be worked out with the collection agency since they now own the delinquent account.

Unsecured Debt Best Bet For Settlement Offers

Many credit card companies and those handling medical billings are usually more open to debt relief settlement negotiations as unless they are prepared to go through civil court fr collections, they have little leverage in forcing payment. While notification of the credit bureau is often enough to solicit payments, a debt relief settlement offer is often their best bet of converting the account to paid status.

Collection agencies have learned, after years of being threatening to debtors, that overly aggressive collection tactics usually push the debtor closer to bankruptcy court, at which time there will be no debt relief settlement made by the debtor. Once the creditor has been notified of bankruptcy proceedings, they are prohibited to contact the debtor, even with a debt relief settlement offer.

For those wanting to stave off bankruptcy, working with the creditors directly at the start of their financial problems can make the creditor more amenable to accepting a reasonable debt relief settlement offer. By doing so, the debtor can stay out of bankruptcy and still reduce their overall debt load.