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Tips For Individuals Seeking Credit Card Debt Settlement

Author : Betty Crane


Credit card debt falls under the unsecured type of debt together with medical bills, personal loans, student loans and bounced checks. Unlike secured debts like home and auto loans, the unsecured debts can be settled. Most companies would agree for a credit card debt settlement since they do not have any guarantee that you will pay unlike secured debts where they can just take the house or the car in case you are not able to make payments. Here are some tips for people who want to settle their unpaid credit card bills and avoid bad credit reputation, bankruptcy, etc.

Credit card debt settlement is much better than making payment for overdue credits. The latter will restart the statute of limitation, which is the period by which the creditor can sue you for not paying your debt. It will also involve interests which can make paying off your debt harder for you. It is much better to raise money for a lump sum that you will pay as a settlement.

The individuals who want a credit card debt settlement may call their collection agencies or original creditor. There are some instances when your debt will be passed on to a collection agency. This means that the original creditor gave up on you and collected the taxes. However, not every company will be willing to accept a settlement other than the full payment of your debt. A good solution to this is to go to a reputable debt settlement company, which can help you deal with a collection agency or the original creditor.

To have a collection agency agree for a settlement, it is not advisable to talk over the phone. However, there are some instances when it is good to talk with a collection agency via phone such as when you need to ask questions or let them know that you know the law. When calling collection agencies , make sure to ask for their address, fax number, direct line and other contact details that are available.

A settlement refers to a reduction of the amount of one's debt as well as smaller amounts of monthly or weekly payments. The possibility of having the original creditor or collection agency agree to a settlement is always there. Some companies would allow you to pay only the original amount of debt so you can be free from interests that accumulated over time. Make sure to have the agreement in writing and signed by both parties. However, it is still possible to deal with a company that would not just accept any form of credit card debt settlement. A debt settlement company may be helpful during such kind of situation.

You should also keep records of the amount you have given to them as settlement. You must also keep a copy of each letter that you will send to a collection agency or the creditor (whichever company handles your debt).

A person with older debts has more chances for smaller credit card debt settlement. Older debts get higher chances for lower settlements. The creditors and collection agencies may consider any amount that you can give than nothing at all.


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Lee is an expert in the area of debt collections. Lee has been through credit card debt settlement and is now debt free, he has written about his entire journey on his blog located at http://credittrap.net

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Tags:   Debt Settlement, Credit card debt settlement, Debt settlement companies, settling credit card debt, debt settlement laws, credit card sue

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