The Truth About Debt Settlement You Need To Know
Debt settlement companies also go by the names credit counseling companies and debt management companies or even debt relief companies and they are a fast-growing business in this country. Partly, this is because more and more people are getting into debt. Debt settlement companies, no matter what they are called, offer the same basic service: they contact your creditors in order to try to reduce your payments and your interest rates. Debt settlement companies often help you pay your creditors - you give them the money and they pay your creditors. They can help you save money on interest rates and late fees and can help make debt payments less stressful. The problem is that as more and more debt settlement companies develop, many are using questionable practices that can harm your credit rating and even nudge you closer to bankruptcy. Many debt settlement companies charge large administrative fees and monthly fees for their services. Even debt settlement companies that are registered as "non-profit" often charge these fees, which can contribute to your overall debt load. Some debt settlement companies also claim to put your money into an account and use that money to pay off your creditors. While some do, other debt settlement companies let this money sit while letting your debts increase while other companies deduct their fees from your account each month - so that money you think is going to pay your debts is actually not getting to your creditors at all. In time, this results in greater debts and even legal action from your creditors, as they remain unpaid. Your credit rating may be seriously harmed if you choose the wrong debt settlement company. In fact, hundreds of debt settlement companies are currently in poor standing with the Better Business Bureau for these and other similarly suspect policies. If you want to take advantage of debt settlement, you need to investigate very carefully. Be suspicious of any company that demands money from you up front and any company that makes grandiose claims. No company can magically eliminate your debt. Before making any decisions about a debt settlement company, be sure to get a full copy of their contract to take home with you and read it carefully until you understand all the company's policies. Check the company's status with the Better Business Bureau by looking at the BBB website (http://www.bbb.org) and see if you can find actual past customers who have been satisfied with the service they received at the debt settlement company you are considering. Any reasonable debt settlement company will be happy to answer all your questions about fees, services and policies in full. If anyone at the company seems vague or evasive at any time, you should walk away. Your credit rating may depend on it.
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