I have an unsecured debt that I fall behind on because of lack of income. I am only able to make payments of $150.00 a month and not the $550 that the company wants to get the past due amount and than start making the payments of $220.00 a month. The company said that they can not accept the $150 and I should apply it elsewhere. What are my legal rights in this matter or what steps can I take now? I want to pay the debt.
I have three reading assignments for you. But first, allow me to define two terms. Unsecured debt is debt where the creditor has no claim to an asset. A credit card is an example of unsecured debt. A secured debt is tied to an asset, and can include a mortgage loan, or vehicle loan. See the Bills.com article Types of Debt to learn more.
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If you own a home with more than 20% of the value in equity, you should refinance your mortgage and consolidate debts with a new mortgage. If you can't refinance, but can afford to pay more than 4% a month in monthly payments, then explore rolling up your debts by paying as much as possible to the account with the highest interest rate first and then snowball up your debts until they're paid off.
If you can't afford your monthly payments, then explore debt settlement (where you resolve your debts for less than you owe and get debt free in a short amount of time, but sacrifice your credit rating) or credit counseling (where you pay slightly lower interest rates and lower your monthly payments). Lastly, if you cannot afford to pay even 1.5% of your outstanding balance each month, then seek counsel from a bankruptcy attorney.
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