In order to be aware of all peculiarities, read the contacts very thoroughly. Search data on services the firm offers, their cost. It is not enough to trust the words they say; you need to examine everything on your own. Only after that you can have a clear image.
Your state Prosecutor is the one who can help you certify your business activity. Don’t forget about the clients’ protection institution. They provide information on any problems the firm might have. Such type of information if very valuable since you plan to enter into business relations with that company, therefore you need to be sure there are no complaints from the clients. Check whether the firm is authorized.
Consulting on the Credit issues
If you face difficulties with organizing your money, have lots of debts, and you have no clue how to handle the situation with money, organizations that offer consulting services concerning credits will help you. They will become your guide in developing a budget. Experts of such organizations are well educated in this area. They know what you need. Your financial statuses, your problems connected with debts, clients’ credit – all these issues will be discussed with you personally. The specialists will also elaborate the plan that will help you to solve money difficulties and that will work personally for you.
Usually credit advisors work on a free of charge basis. They receive no profit, in other words. Their service is available through local institutions, in the phone regime and even online. Moreover, you can find such institutions that offer in-person counseling. For instance, various credit unions, housing administrations, some branches of the US Cooperative Extension Service provide credit counseling programs on a free basis. Don’t forget about your friends. Even your relatives and friends can become a rather gainful channel of information.
Be attentive with non-profit organizations, since it does not always mean that they provide services on a free of charge basis. It shall be so, but not often happens. Moreover, some credit consulting institutions provide consultations at rather high rates. You can be offered to make a voluntary contribution. Don’t do that. It will cause even more debt and your financial situation will probably become even worse.
Debt Arrangement Scheme
Be ready that an agency will offer a debt arrangement scheme (DAS) for you to be signed. Don’t hurry with that. It is not credit advising. Take into consideration the fact that DAS does not fit everyone. Make sure your credit advisor has analyzed your financial status in the best way, has provided professional recommendations how to manage your money.
Under the DAS, be ready to give money. You pay to the credit advising institution on a monthly basis. It uses your guarantee and pays for the nonguaranteed debts. They include some medical or car bills, student loans etc. Following a professionally prepared DAS, you need to make payments from time to time. But it takes a while. Achieving your DAS may take 3 years or even more. Your credit advisors can state the exact period required. During that period you can accept, but neither apply nor use, any of the credit.
Debt Arrangement Programs
Forget about non-profit organizations. Such programs for arranging your debt work on a profitable basis. What they do? They communicate with your creditors to make the sum you owe lower and to make it easier for you to pay reimburse sum. The lump sum, so to say. In order to do that, you need to save a particular sum of money. Companies might ask you to pay to some escrow-like account. It is done to store up some savings that will be enough to pay off any settlement.
Risky Debt Arrangement
Debt arrangement is not as easy as it sees. Of course, debt arrangement firms will help to solve problems with one or even more of the debts you have. But it has some risks. Take the following point into consideration before signing in:
- Very often debt arrangement companies make you pay particular sum of money to a special account which they indicate, for 3 years or even more. It shall be done before the debts are treated. So, before entering any debt arrangement program, take a good look and analyze you budget and make sure you will be able save some sum of your budget and that will be necessary monthly for 3 years at least or even more. Only after you are confident, sing in.
- Your creditors are not obliged to regulate the amount of your debt. Of course, they seek to do it. But there are no obligations from their side. If you leave a particular sum of money which is necessary for the program and debt arrangement, there is no guarantee that all of your debts will be settled by the arranging company. Moreover, such companies usually negotiate regarding smaller debts, while large ones become bigger.
- Such programs can cause bad consequences. They might have bad impact on the credit report. The reason of that is the fact that debt arranging programs motivate you to stop paying the debt to the creditor directly. Imagine such situation. Your debt creditors can stop charging late fees, penalties. You have the possibility to get calls from your creditors or debt collectors requiring repayment. Creditors are entitles to arrest your income or even property if they win a case.
Debt Arrangement and Debt Exclusion Frauds
Many companies that provide debt arrangement services make promises to arrange the difficulties with your money and budget you might have. But this is not always so. Sometimes promises remain just promises. Some companies guarantee to arrange your credit card for 30 or even 60 % of the total amount you owe. Other can even require fees from you. It is not always clarified for the client that when you choose the company that provides debt arrangement services, you need to be very attentive and examine all the risks you might face. Be ready that after all the promises of the debts settlement firms the collectors might not stop calling you and demanding of you to pay the debt. Be demanding to such firms.
Before signing the program, learn and examine everything. It is necessary to have the information on the debt settlement program, since a considerable sum of your money shall be spent. You could use that money for part of your debt payment. Search all possible complaints concerning the firm. Moreover, find whether it is engaged in any lawsuits. Read what others say about this company, the more information you find, the more confident you will be when signing an arrangement program. All the risks need to be taken into consideration.
Some companies offer to put money to a particular bank account. A separate third party will manage the account. All the funds available on that account are yours, and you are the one who is entitled to the interest that grows. You might have to pay particular fees, which are usually not very high, for the third part representative for maintaining your account. This person is also important. He/she will transfer your money when it is necessary to pay the sum to your creditors as well as to the arrangement firm when the arrangements are achieved. Of course, all the actions on a free of charge basis would be more satisfactory, but if you want to solve your debt issues, be ready to pay to others as well.
Requirements to the Disclosure
Once you decide to sign in for the program, the firm shall explain you all the peculiarities of such program so that you are aware of all the nuances. Take a look at the main points to take into consideration:
Price and terms: You shall be provided with the fees information. The company is obliged to get you acquainted with their prices and all the conditions under which they work, including the terms.
Work Outcomes: The sooner the better. But sometimes the situation is rather complicated and then it takes some time to regulate your debt. Therefore, the company needs to establish a certain period during which the results of work will be obvious. Making settlement offer to creditors takes time. It might be from a month to years. Don’t hurry, the experts know this area better and they are the one to tell you the period of time.
Offers: You need to know everything about your money. The firm shall present information on the sum of money or the particular interest of the loan shall be kept by you by the time the credit offer is achieved. The offer is made on your behalf.
Payment discontinuance: The arrangement firm might offer you to stop paying the creditors. Don’t hurry. Think over all the consequences. Ask the firm to provide you the explanations of such actions and what risks might appear if you stop paying the creditors. Everything shall be considered.
Other peculiarities to be explained by the debt arrangement firm: the firm shall explain you that all the funds belong to you and you are the one who is enabled to the interest that will be earned. Account administrator is not the partner of the debt arrangement provider and received no reference payments. Remember, your money can be withdrawn. It can be done at any time and no fine shall be implemented.
Consequences from the Tax Perspective
Any income is an object of taxation. Respectively, if you receive any savings from debt release firms can also go under taxation. Be ready for this moment. The credit card firms can inform the IRS on the settle debt that concerns you. Of course, this debt will be considered by the IRS as your income. The exception is if you are bankrupt. You can be considered as bankrupt under the condition that the total sum of your debts if higher than the market price of all the property (assets) you own. Sometimes it is hard to explain all the peculiarities of becoming bankrupt. Ask the tax specialists. They will inform all the nuances of such exception.
Not all debts can be settled by simple cutting down the expenses and becoming economical or applying various methods of making the budget better. Everything might be out of control. When this happens, start looking for a firm providing debt relief services. There are lots of them. Mostly they all offer the program that envisages decrease of the monthly load and that way to make the owed sum of money easier and faster.
Rate of interest discussion
Another method to pay the lower sum of money on a monthly basis is to minimize the rate of interest on the credit card account. Start negotiating with the creditors. In order to get that option you need to have a good history of all the repayments as well as good credit rating. Providing such data you will persuade your creditors that you are very responsible and a good applicant for lowering the rate of the interest. Be confident in your abilities.
Transfer of the Balance
Another way of receiving the relief is the transfer of the balance. What does it mean? If you have some credit card debt that has a high interest, you can move it to another card that has a lower rate of ineptest. You pay only once a month. That is a benefit, of course. Once you read the contract attentively, you will analyze whether your credit card might has high or low balance transfer fee.
Debt Consolidation Loan
Such loan allows you to move the credit card balance with the high interest into the one that has low rate of interest. It gives you a possibility to receive better rates of interest. They are both secured and not. Anyway, it is a good option for a relief. The only condition that needs to be taken into consideration is a good rating of the credit.
Try to consult the expert in any cases. Many of them ask not to pay off the credit card when you are staying at home. It is not secure enough. The consequences might be various, even up to losing your home.
Difficult situations happen. If you feel that you have no possibility to pay the amount you owe, take a look at such way – ordinary debt arrangement contract. In other words, consumer offer. The aim is to arrange your debt. You can either pay a comprising sum of money or severable repayment program. If to compare with bankruptcy option, this one is way better. It won’t have bad influence on the credit score.
Make sure you have analyzed all the debt relief variants that are possible in your case before you allow arranging. In case if the debts are too big, some other option may work, like debt arrangement program.