Debt consolidation companies can offer a debt solution; however, there are many things to consider.
- First, make sure the company is well established and even nonprofit.
- Do not engage with a debt consolidation or debt settlement company that most people have never heard of and especially if there is no physical locale for the company.
- While this may seem like a basic idea, there are countless debt consolidation companies out there that are only based online. If problems were to arise, this only makes it more difficult.
If you are considering debt consolidation or debt settlement, consider the benefits of bankruptcy instead. I am attorney Brent W. Davis. I have been providing debt advice for clients throughout Alabama since 1995. I can discuss with you in a free consultation, the benefits of bankruptcy vs. consolidation. I never push bankruptcy on anyone. Instead, I simply keep them well informed of all their options and advise them as to the best plan of action. Contact an experienced Birmingham, Alabama bankruptcy attorney today.
Benefits of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy vs. Debt Settlement Companies
If you are able to find a credible and legitimate debt settlement company, it may be able to reduce your interest rate. However, you are still going to pay interest. This is where the benefits of Chapter 13 bankruptcy often outweigh debt consolidation companies. In a Chapter 13 repayment plan, you generally would not have to pay interest.
Furthermore, with Chapter 13 you are dealing with all of your creditors at once and together. In a debt settlement/consolidation, not all creditors are required to or even willing to agree to participate. For example, you may have five creditors involved and only one or two may agree to be part of the debt consolidation. In bankruptcy, even if a creditor does not want to become involved, that creditor does not have a choice under the authority of bankruptcy courts. That is why if you are considering debt/consolidation you really only should go this route if you have just a few creditors. Otherwise, be wary of the potential results.
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