Every household nowadays has immense amounts of debt on their name, whether it is a credit card bill or a mortgage payment, but many people have debts that they can’t pay every month.
If this happens, some of your debts could go into the hands of a debt collector, where you need to be extremely careful and continue paying your debts without any delay.
You need to reach an agreement with the debt collector either to lower the amount by paying it in altogether or reducing the monthly payments by reducing the interest rate or reducing the capital that you owe.
Whichever way you go, there are ways to pay off your debt in collections.
- If you are not too late with your payments, then you should talk to your creditor once.
- You should talk to your lawyer if it is too late.
- You can choose to work with a credit counseling company when you are still in the early phases of your debt collection.
- Letting go of your debts in the hands of a debt collector is really bad for your finances.
Contact Your Creditor
If you are not too late with your payments and your debt is not sold to a debt collection company by the creditor, your best option and probably the most efficient one is to go and talk to your creditor to solve a way before your creditor sells your debt.
It is easier to deal with the creditor and make a deal with them.
Contact your creditor and talk about the possibilities that they and you might agree on about paying your debt in an easier way.
Try to Get a Deal
Once you contact your creditor (or debt collection company, if the creditor sold it), the point there is to try to work out a payment plan deal.
After all, both sides’ primary goal is to get rid of the debt. That is why you are free to offer them a deal where you can pay without any problems.
This could be a deal where you pay the entire amount, but the amount is lower than the original amount you owe.
It could also be a monthly payment plan where you can afford to pay that monthly fee.
Work With a Lawyer
If things go south and you are too late to talk to your creditor or debt collection company, and they are now threatening to sue you, the best course of action at this point is to go to a lawyer and let the lawyer handle your case if it goes to the court.
Once you hire a lawyer, all communication between your lawyer and creditor will go through between them.
Go to a Credit Counseling Company
When you are still in the early phases of your debt collection and court is not in the way, working with a credit counseling company could work better as they could advise you what to do and how to do it.
Letting one or more than one of your debts go to the hands of a debt collector is a dangerous business because if you neglect it, it could hurt your personal finance records extremely hard.
Instead of ignoring the letters and the calls from your creditor, try to talk to them and work out a deal or seek professional assistance from credit counseling companies or a lawyer if suing is on the table.
Amit Gupta is the founder of National Planning Cycles, a company that helps startups, individuals, and small businesses with their financial planning. He has a vast amount of experience in the finance sector, having managed Google Play accounts for some of the world’s most successful unicorns. Amit is an expert in his field, and he uses his knowledge to help others achieve their individual goals.