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How To Decide When To Settle Your Debt

How To Decide When To Settle Your Debt
Posted By: Stephanie Snyder on December 21, 2020

Debt settlement, also called debt negotiation, is a debt repayment plan to negotiate with your lenders to accept a small payment as full repayment for your unsecured debt. The credit card company will agree to you only paying a percentage of the outstanding debt, and the remaining amount is canceled altogether. But before doing this, it is crucial that you understand the pros and cons of doing this process and then making the right choice. Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ll have an idea of how to choose the best deal possible.


Pros


Debt settlement has several advantages. 


It helps you avoid having to fail for bankruptcy and eventual repossession. Sometimes people think there’s no middle ground between stability and complete financial ruin. But remember that there are options; you have to know where to look. Eliminating late fees, penalties, and accumulated interest is a significant relief, and it gets those incessant creditors off your back. If you have fallen into financial hardship, as so many people are these days, this is an effective and streamlined way to ease the pressures you’re facing. No one likes to be hounded, and no one wants their debt to mount.


You’ll be able to get out from under your debt faster than you otherwise would have. With a debt settlement company on your side, you can hopefully reach a settlement agreement and stick with a manageable repayment schedule that works for you.


Cons


But there are some downsides. 


It might hurt your credit score. Once you settle a debt, your credit score may take a hit because you are not paying back everything, and a settlement could stay on your report score for years. However, even if you do owe so much money, the chances are that you will recover. Once you have debt cleared and are given a clean slate, it’s easier to build back up, and you have a high chance of getting back on your feet.


There may be settlement fees.



If you go with a company, they are a business, and they may charge you fees for negotiating your debt consolidation. Keep in mind that this shouldn’t happen unless a settlement is reached that you agree on! Depending on the amount of debt that is settled, it may be considered taxable by the IRS. 


Why Don’t People Do This More Often?


Now that you have an idea about debt settlement pros and cons, it is time for you to decide whether or not the decision is right for you. Of course, the initial step may seem challenging, especially if you have no idea about this process, but help is just around the corner. If you want to find the answer to that question for your specific financial situation, I suggest you go online and do some research. 


You may be asking, “If debt settlement is such a great idea, why don’t more people use it to eliminate their debt?” The main reason is that many people are too fearful or even ashamed to follow through with it. They think it will be challenging to do it, and most people don’t like asking for help. And many people believe that it requires a lot of commitment, effort, time, and energy. These are just some of the reasons why they fail.


Debt settlement is not difficult; it is straightforward. You should only think about a few things, and you will be able to accomplish it. Just be patient, find a company you can trust, follow the guidelines, and you will achieve it in no time. If you are serious about solving your debt problems, debt settlement may be the solution for you. However, you must know the pros and cons before deciding whether to do it or not. And it is also vital that you consult your financial advisor about debt settlement. For those who do not have the time or patience and do not have a financial advisor of any kind, professional help is your next best bet. It would help if you asked someone in the company that you have hired to help you with the process. 


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