Debt Negotiation and Debt Relief Explained

Debt Negotiation and Debt Relief Explained

Given the troubling state of the American economy, more and more people are simply having a difficult time paying off their debts and keeping their heads above water when it comes to finances.  While it’s easy to give into the fear that’s always part of this sort of problem and panic, that’s the last thing you should allow yourself to do, as there could be viable alternatives available to you that will get you beyond this problem. 

Below is a brief look at two of those potential alternatives, each of which depends on the particulars of your situation. 

Debt Negotiation

Debt negotiation is a process by which the debtor, or the person who owes money, negotiates with his or her creditors in order to bring the debts under control and possibly eliminate them altogether.  When this process is successful, the debtor will either be able to pay a reduced amount every month and have more of it go towards the principal owed instead of the interest that’s accruing or he or she will pay a lump sum that’s less than the total amount owed.

This negotiation process is one that takes skill and experience, and working out the details with your creditors can be a time-consuming process.  The bottom line, however, is that if the creditors are convinced that you may not pay any of the debt, they will likely be willing to take less than what’s owed as opposed to nothing.

Debt Relief

Debt relief is different than debt negotiation because it does not necessarily involve negotiation or paying the debt’s principal back.  Basically, debt relief involves not having to pay part or all of what you owe your creditors, depending on the debt relief strategy you employ.  Making a decision on this strategy should involve input and help from an experienced professional.

One form of debt relief is bankruptcy, whereby the debtor can have all or most of his or her debts discharged by the United States Bankruptcy Court.  It is also possible in certain situations to work with your creditors to have them forgive, or eliminate, a percentage of your debt if you agree to pay the remaining lump sum.

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