Posts Tagged ‘debt management’

5 Ways to pay off debt
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

There are 5 ways to get rid of debt and lead a stress-free life. But what’s important is that you choose the one that works for you.

1. Interest rate arbitration: This is where you choose an independent third party to negotiate low interest rates with your creditors. So, you can consolidate multiple bills with one low monthly payment. This is also known as loan consolidation. The benefits are:

  • Pay less each month
  • One monthly payment instead of many
  • Credit score improves

2. Debt management: This is where you work with a debt solutions company to help you pay off your debts and create a budget. The benefits are:

  • Interest is reduced
  • Late fees may be waived off
  • Manage multiple bills with ease

3. Debt settlement: This is where you have a settlement company/law firm working with your creditors to lower your payoff amount by 40-60%. With settlement, you have 2 major benefits:

  • Creditors reduce interest
  • They cut your principal balance

4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy: Chapter 13 is a court monitored debt repayment plan. The benefits are:

  • Creditors reduce interest on your debt
  • They trim the principal debt balance
  • You don’t use your assets to pay off debt

5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy: This is where you hand over your assets to a court-appointed trustee who sells them off and uses the sale proceeds to pay off your debts. With Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you get the following benefits:

  • Interest on your debt is lowered
  • Principal balance is reduced

However, your credit score takes a hit and it’ll take quite a few years till you actually rebuild your score.

Bankruptcy, what is it and how to avoid it
Thursday, March 4th, 2010

In this economy, many people find themselves facing difficult financial situations.   Certain circumstances such as unexpected medical bills, credit card bills, and divorces can surely present further challenges.  When the burden of debt becomes overwhelming, many believe filing bankruptcy is their only option.  Bankruptcy can be broken up into two categories:

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy– In this type, the debtor proposes a plan to repay creditors over a three to five year period during which the debtor can make up overdue payments on any assets and pay into the plan the equivalent value of any assets not covered by exemptions.  Exemptions refer to properties that the law allows for the debtor to keep.  The debtor will then make regular payments to creditors through a trustee and will not be discharged of the debt until the payments are complete.  The debtor is, however, protected from wage garnishments, lawsuits, and other creditor action while making the payments.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy-This type requires the collection of the debtor’s assets by a trustee who then distributes the cash obtained from those properties to creditors.  In order for creditors to receive any money from the assets, they need to file a claim with the bankruptcy court which will deem their claim justified as it sees fit.


Debt settlement, debt consolidation, and credit counseling…What’s the difference?
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

There are a lot of companies out there who entice those with a significant amount of debt with hope for a way out.  Although their purpose and method may seem confusingly similar, they are in fact very different and their distinction must be noted.  One type of relief designed to help those in debt is what is known as debt consolidation where borrowers are offered one big loan to pay off their small debts.