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Mark Cappel
UpdatedMay 23, 2024

I am in bad debt and don't know what to do.

Hi. I am in bad debt and don't know what to do. i have been notified by some of my creditors that they have been sold or something. i haven't been able to make any sort of payments for a while. i want to know if i could get your help as to what i should do, and if i start making some sort of payment i will be in the clear of collection or something. i can 't afford to pay the interest they have racked on. please help. thanks bill.

There are several possible solutions to your problem, depending on how much money you can afford to allocate to your debts on a monthly basis.

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Now, onto to some advice for you:

Unfortunately, simply making payments will likely not take your accounts out of collections. You would need to contact your creditors and negotiate a payment arrangement with each creditor. If your creditors will not work with you, or if the payments they demand are larger than you can afford, there are professionals who may help solve your debt woes.

One option to consider is a Consumer Credit Counseling Service, or CCCS. CCCS companies offer numerous services, such as financial counseling and budget planning, as well as Debt Management Plans (DMPs). In a DMP, the CCCS would arrange a new payment amount with each of your creditors, usually based on a reduced interest rate. You would then make a single monthly payment to the CCCS which would distribute the funds to your creditors, based on the new payment amounts. There are several drawbacks to CCCS, though. First, depending on your creditors, it may not be able to reduce your monthly payments enough to improve your financial situation. Second, it may have a negative impact on your ability to obtain a loan, so you may not wish to enter into a DMP if you anticipate any large purchases, such as home or an auto, in the near future. Third, the average DMP takes around five or more years to pay off your debts, so you must be willing and able to commit to a long-term repayment plan.

You may also want to consider the services offered by debt settlement firms. Rather than making monthly payments to your creditors, these programs negotiate lump sum settlements with your creditors, frequently reducing your debts by 50% to 60% of your principal balances. These programs usually take only 2-3 years to complete, so this is a good option for many people to rid themselves of debt in a relatively speedy manner. In many cases they can also reduce your monthly payment toward your debt. There is one major drawback to debt settlement programs, though ?they will significantly damage your credit while in the program and for at least a year or two afterwards. However, if you are currently unable to afford to pay your creditors, the hit to your credit may be worth the benefit of ridding yourself of credit card debt.

Bankruptcy may also solve your debt problems. If you are considering bankruptcy, I encourage you to consult with a qualified bankruptcy attorney in your area.

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Depending on your income and the type and amount of debt, one of the several options I have described above may be able to help you. I encourage you to explore the website,

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Best of luck,


Did you know?

If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q4 2023 was $17.503 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.601 trillion and credit card debt was $1.129 trillion.

According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 8% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Ohio, 28% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $1369. Medical debt is common and 15% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $607.

Avoiding collections isn’t always possible. A sudden loss of employment, death in the family, or sickness can lead to financial hardship. Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with debt including an aggressive payment plan, debt consolidation loan, or a negotiated settlement.