What is Debt Relief?
It extends much further than also being seen as a term for the debt of a nation. A person, business, or an entire nation that is independent can pile unmanageable debt that becomes a burden beyond their means. The evolution of debt relief has made it more personalized and now includes flesh-and-blood individuals, instead of solely governmental administrations.
The reorganization or even cancellation of debt is applied to either an individual or a governmental entity without discrimination. Regardless, the goal remains identical: To let the debtor breathe from the oppression of overwhelming debt by helping to make financial freedom a probability.
What is a Debt Resolution program?
The two primary goals in the negotiation of your unsecured debt with your creditors that a debt resolution company aims for are the following:
- Reducing to the maximum possible, the total sum of your original debt
- Settling your debt in as little time as possible, and certainly, before the initially-scheduled repayment/payoff date.
Creditors realize it can be problematic for them when one of their debtors is suddenly going through financial hardship, because it may not allow them to repay the debt and can lead to the terrifying act of their petitioning the federal courts for bankruptcy. So, rather than risking receiving nothing at all, it has become standard for creditors in such situations to be open to the debt resolution process of being willing to settle it for less than the original sum of debt.
How do you qualify for Debt Relief?
With no obligations whatsoever, you decide after your free consultation whether or not debt relief is right for you and you’d like to start in a debt settlement plan.
A recap goes a little something like this: You are in need of our services and genuinely wish to enroll in our program. We only enroll unsecured debt, and we counsel you on how you can more easily repay it by yourself when your debt is less than $1,000. You must keep in mind that hardship has to be established in order for the creditors to bite, and that you have to have the means or ability to make one consolidated monthly payment into a dedicated account earmarked for the accumulation of the settlement funds.
Who is best suited for a Debt Resolution program?
If your accumulated, unsecured debt is $10,000 or more and you want to reduce your debt without having to declare bankruptcy, then debt resolution is the right choice for you. It is the right option for you if you can’t pay your debt within two to four years. Debt resolution would put you on a quicker, less expensive path to financial freedom.
What are the debts you can help me with?
How does a Debt Relief program work?
Once it is identified that a debt settlement plan is a workable best solution, we next explain how our plan works:
Any credit account that is open or is a revolving line of credit will be closed to cease further charging and will be paid off in an expedited manner.
In order to pay the total debt as quickly as possible, the overall monthly payment always remains the same even as accounts enrolled in the program are paid off and closed. Typically, the additional funds are distributed to the next account with the highest interest rates or the next balance account. This repeats itself until all accounts are paid and closed and you finally are debt-free. Start New Financial is performance-based and thus receives no upfront fees till the satisfying results are in; we are only rewarded with a reasonable percentage of a debt account when it is paid off and closed.
How will a Debt Consolidation program help me?
What types of debts can I consolidate?
Can I pay more than the set minimum Debt Consolidation payment?
Is Debt Relief really a good idea?
Seeking expert debt assistance is a fabulous idea if your interest rates are 20% or higher after a period of overspending, and you are overwhelmed by the repayment and general expenses. Your interest rates will be lowered to the single digits with the help of these programs; this will lead to the comfort and convenience of a more manageable monthly payment that will breeze you to financial freedom before five years.
Seeking third-party debt relief help may not be such a good idea when you have more than enough income to meet your minimum monthly payments. If creditors notice that you can afford to make higher monthly payments with your budget, they will be less likely to provide lower-interest-rate concessions because it would lead them to believe that you do not suffer from financial hardship, as you are not overwhelmed by your debt. There are nonprofit or private programs available that can assist with credit card debt, cell phone bills, department store cards, old utility bills, medical debt and unsecured debts.
What is the best Debt Relief program?
Some of the following options are the best approach that lead consumers to a debt free life:
First, you must consider if debt settlement would be the right fit for you, especially when dealing with collection accounts. You may try to pay off debts on your own, obtaining consolidation loans or balance transfers, while negotiating with your creditors. You can also consider to work with a nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency to help settle your debt. A final approach would be to speak with a bankruptcy attorney as an extreme option.
If, as an individual with a steady income, you have already tried to work directly with your creditors with no success, then a nonprofit program will offer great guidance assistance where you should pay off your debt within five years
What is the difference between Debt Relief And Debt Consolidation?
Debt consolidation program is the name of this debt relief because the CCA will require only one monthly consolidated payment instead of the variety of payments for every debt; they are all consolidated into just one monthly payment that is usually is lower.
Debt settlement or debt negotiation programs attempt to lower the amount of debt owed to creditors – this is why some consumers may think of this as Debt Relief. These types of debt negotiations lead to a negative rating on a consumer’s credit report and should simply be called debt settlement or debt negotiations to differentiate them from debt management, credit counseling, or debt relief.
Many consumers may think that debt consolidation is always just obtaining a new loan to pay off other debts while requiring a single monthly payment to the new lender. A debt consolidation loan for debt consolidation is what this actually is, as you don’t always need a new loan to consolidate multiple older debt.
Do Debt Relief programs work?
For individuals or households that are recovering from a period of unemployment and have survived with the use of a credit card, a debt relief program has been shown to be effective.
An individual or household that has been through financial difficulties and any medical challenge will be alright once the income provider is employed and the bills are no longer accumulating. If, as an individual or household, you have been placed at the mercy of collection agencies, then debt relief programs work well with you. So that you don’t have to make full payment on your debt immediately, the debt relief programs work with your creditors or collection agencies and arrange for it to be paid off in a year or better.
One of the main requirements of a debt relief program is that, as an individual or household, you are required to make a monthly payment. You might as well not enroll in a debt relief program if you don’t have steady income that assures the required monthly payment, because you won’t be successful in it.
Who is in charge of the Dedicated Savings (Escrow) Account?
What are Start New Financial’s Fees?
How soon do you start working with my creditors?
One way of proving your commitment of paying off your debt is to accumulate enough money into a Dedicated Savings Account. Most creditors will not discuss debt reduction with negotiators until they are certain of your seriousness to pay off any debt.
From our experience, the first settlement will tend to happen within the first four to six months of the start of the program.
When will I have my debts paid off?
Debt resolution programs can be stalled if you miss a payment toward the program. Keep in mind that if you miss a payment, there will not be enough funds in your Dedicated Savings Account for the negotiations to take place.
How long will my Debt Settlement program last?
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There are many forms and variations of borrowing to consolidate debt, some of which include an IRA Loan, Annuity Loan, Bank Personal Loan, Credit Union Personal Loan, Peer-to-Peer Lender Personal Loan, PayDay Loans, Finance Company Loan, Home Equity Loan, Home Equity Line of Credit, 401(k) Loan or even a Note loan. All of which will be explained to you by a certified loan expert from Start New Financial, giving you the best guidance to quickly manage your debt and become debt free.
What happens if I end up missing monthly payments? Am I going to be kicked out of the program?
The facing of unforeseen issues can affect the most organized or punctual person on the planet, and so this will not be a reason to remove you from the program. We are here to help you resolve your debt issues, and that includes always being with you for every challenge and obstacle.
If, for any reason, you know ahead of time that you’ll be having difficulty making a payment, just let us know at least five business days in advance, so that we have time to make other arrangements to cover you. Simply give Customer Service a call and we will find a way to get you back on track.
Building up the amount of money in your Dedicated Savings Account is the most important part of settling your debts. Just be mindful that you could miss out on a good settlement and the progress of your debt relief program may also be delayed if you miss a payment.
Can my Debt Settlement program be accelerated If extra funds are suddenly available, can I speed up my debt settlement program?
Certainly! You can get out of debt early without facing prepayment penalties. Many consumers get out of debt earlier than expected after securing enough funds for negotiation. All negotiations on your behalf will commence once there are enough funds in your Dedicated Savings Account to entice your creditors.
How does a Debt Relief program affect ones credit?
For more than two decades, the FICO credit scoring model has not included participation in a credit counseling program as a direct factor to affect your credit score. The following are four possible indirect effects a repayment program might have on your credit:
Directly working with creditors, a repayment program works to make monthly payments more manageable, even if you have gone over your credit limit or have missed a payment or been late on a payment or two. Most credit card and store card creditors will agree to reporting your monthly payments being made on time rather than late, and this will happen within one to three months. The most significant portion of the FICO scoring model will see the positive changes in your account status and this can only improve your credit record, the positive history of payments being done on time.
Some creditors may place a notation on your credit report of your involvement in a repayment program. This can be positive or negative, depending on who you ask. Credit counseling professionals, and most of their clients, will consider this as positive action as it minimizes the likelihood of the client getting into debt impulsively while in the program. What it really does is notify potential lenders of your involvement in the repayment program, which must be completed before taking up any additional credit. This notation has absolutely no effect on your credit score. The notation can only be a nuisance for clients trying to take up additional credit while enrolled in the repayment program. Many creditors, such as auto lenders or mortgage companies, will disregard the notation as long as the consumer’s payments have been made on time for at least a year and a half.
Once an account has been enrolled in the repayment program, it is closed to further credit activity. Closing an account should have no effect on the consumer’s credit rating; this will depend on the account’s status prior to being placed in the program. An account closure may not influence the consumer credit rating, even if it was maxed out prior to closure. On the contrary, it may have an initial effect on the second factor in the FICO credit scoring model: balance-to-credit limit ratio.
Finally, any negative impact of a closed account can be outweighed by the positive effect of having lower balances. Throughout the program, as the consumer pays off the debt balance making on-time payments, this will show on their recent credit history. After completing the program, many of our clients have credit scores in the top 10% of all consumers.
How could a debt resolution program impact my credit?
Whether your credit is maxed out or you have a high debt-to-credit or debt-to-income ratio, chances are that your credit score is on the low end. Most clients’ credit is already being negatively impacted by poor payment history and amounts owed, which are the two largest factors that make up a credit score.
Everyone’s specific credit situation is different, but in general, enrolling in any debt resolution program could impact your credit score. Our main objective is to help you resolve your debts as quickly as possible, so you can have peace to start building a bright financial future. As you know, higher credit scores will fall much faster than lower ones, so in the short term the impact could be negative. You must think of the long run in restructuring your financial future.
The good news is that the credit effect could be much more positive; once your debts are resolved, you can practice positive credit behavior to build your credit score back up over time. While taking one step back with your credit score, you’ll take five steps forward with resolving debt and having your life back, organized.
How does Debt Relief affect your credit?
The initial response when you enroll in a debt management plan that is shown on your credit score is negative due to all your credit card accounts having to be closed by requirement. Nonprofit credit counseling organizations typically offer consumer programs that are designed to help an individual overcome their debt. As your accounts are paid on time and in full, your credit score will improve and increase as your balances are reduced.
What happens if one or more of my creditors won’t budge on a settlement?
If one of your creditors refuses to settle, then you have the option of removing the creditor from the program. Your fees will be adjusted if a settlement cannot be reached. This will only be an extreme case.
Can Debt Relief help remove stress?
Debt Relief obviously will not remove all the stress in your life, but it will give you peace and ameliorate the stress caused by the overwhelm of the outstanding, unmanageable debt burden. The common thread uncovered relates to how unhealthy owing great sums of money can be, and the stress-related issues that can arise from it. Many agencies, authors, nonprofits, doctors, and more, have over the past several decades explored the damage that debt causes to people. Once you put this together with a lack of financial education in schools all over the world, you have the perfect recipe for disaster within the financial economy.
Looking into the American culture where you simply learn to spend and consume, without the adequate financial education, our youth will grow into adulthood without the knowledge and resources that are needed to control their finances and build them into lasting wealth.
When counseling is provided from a prominent resource that has the consumers’ best interest as its main goal, obtaining advice with finances can be very successful. The long term benefits will be visible when the right counseling is provided. The right program will teach you how not to fall into a vicious cycle and prevents the same situation from occurring again. Therefore, when any monetary relief is realized, it will continue to provide resources to guard against recurrence.
Once you have the resources aimed at taking future preventative measures, it will typically work as long as you have continued follow-ups. This has been shown to work, following remedial or a holistic approach.
What about calls from collectors? How should I handle them?
Phone calls from unrecognized numbers are being let go directly to voicemail by even our most successful clients because they fear it’s a harassment call from collection agencies or debtors. The hiring of collectors by creditors is done to pressure you into paying as much as they can get, and the collectors receive a percentage of any money collected from you. Collection calls are a natural part of debt resolution programs, and actually are a key indicator that your debt resolution program is being effective. Free apps are available for download on a smartphone that will block certain types of calls.
You have rights against collection harassment thanks to federal and state laws. When answering one of these calls, let the collector know that you know your rights and that you are currently working with professional negotiators, and they should be contacted. Let the negotiator know the agency that contacted you, so they can follow up with the agency. All creditors looking to receive payment should be dealing directly with your negotiators, and any call or even an email from them should go through the negotiator. Within weeks of your being in the program, the creditors and collectors will know all this and get with the program, letting you be.
How does Start New Financial provide Debt Relief?
We have excellent working relationships with hundreds of creditors, many of whom share the same agenda of having an educated consumer who will successfully manage their future finances, without the need of any additional fourth-party help.
What type of debt can Start New Financial help me with?
We mainly work with unsecured debt, debt that doesn’t have any collateral attached to it. An unsecured debt may include any credit card, department store card, or medical bills to name a few. Debts that are secured by having collateral attached to them, such as car loans, mortgages or students loans, are not eligible for debt resolution. Please give us a call for your FREE phone consultation, so we can advise on which of your debts are eligible for debt resolution and what your best solution will be.
How does your Debt Resolution program setup through Start New Financial work?
The following is an overview of our process. Your Start New Financial account executive will walk you through each step with more details.
- One of our account executives will customize a negotiation strategy individually-based on your type of creditors and debt amounts, once you are enrolled in the program. Your program will be designed to minimize your debt and maximize savings, reduce overall spending, and obtain freedom from debt for you as soon as possible.
- The next step will be to open an FDIC-insured Dedicated Savings Account (aka an “escrow” or “settlement” account) that you fully own and control at all times. All your monthly deposits/payments will be saved in this account to build up the savings that will be used to pay off your creditors to eliminate your debt. This will be the sole purpose of your Dedicated Savings Account.
- Your Start New Financial negotiator will do all the footwork contacting your creditors for negotiations to resolve your issues as quickly and economically as possible. At this point, you must not use the credit card or loan that the program is addressing – you must not continue to add to the debt(s) enrolled in your program. A good strategy is to not speak over the phone with your creditors since all negotiations should be done through your Start New Financial Account Executive.
- When a settlement is reached with your creditor that you are pleased with and approve of in writing, the necessary funds from your Dedicated Savings Account will be sent to them, ending your debt to them. The payment may be a single payment or consist of multiple payments over a period of time (payment plan). When the settlement is finalized or complete, your debt to the creditor will be considered resolved. Only then will the debt resolution service on this debt will be complete. This is when Start New Financial receives a fee from you from your Dedicated Savings Account, but only once there is mutual agreement upon a settlement, you’ve made at least one payment towards the settlement, the settlement has saved you money and you are completely satisfied with it.
Can you settle credit card debt if you are still current?
Will I still be charged interest and late fees on my debts?
The debt on your credit card could go up while you’re setting up your dedicated/escrow savings account and funding it as well. However, the goal of the debt resolution program is to arrange settlements that reduce your total debt balances no matter what kind of interest charges or late fees were added when you began our program. Any time you miss a payment, credit card companies may charge you interest rates, but that is resolved as part of our debt settlement program. Our mission is to resolve your debt issues while saving you as much money and time as possible and having you completely satisfied with our services.
If my creditors were to take legal action against me, what would happen?
Even if a creditor chooses to pursue legal actions, you would simply send any inquiry to our Start New Financial service team so we can prioritize this particular creditor or lender and work towards settling that debt first.
The most common action taken by a creditor is selling your debt to a third party collection agency or law firm. If this ever happens, the creditor or lender is moved by us to a priority list.
Our settlement negotiators will attempt to resolve this creditor or lender’s account setting up a unique payment plan, and that’s in case a lawsuit is filed against you. Which is very rare.
Note: We cannot offer any legal advice since we’re not a law firm.
Should I include all of my credit cards in the program?
In order for the program to work with the most benefit for you, all credit cards with a balance greater than $500 should be included. Having an open credit card will make it difficult once the creditor sees that you are settling some accounts and not others. On the other hand, if you have a low balance credit card with a zero balance, you may hold on to it for emergencies.
Do taxes need to be paid on debt that was forgiven?
In general, forgiven debts can be taxable when it comes time to filing taxes. Your creditor will forward a Cancelation of Debt form (1099-c) showing that they have forgiven you for certain debts.
Generally speaking, debts that were forgiven can be taxable, though the answer to this can vary depending on the person. When tax time rolls around, you’ll likely receive a Cancellation of Debt form (1099-c) from the lender who forgave your debt.
To understand the potential tax implication of any debt forgiven through a debt relief program, it would be best to speak with a professional tax advisor. Remember that all individual cases carry a specific situation.
Do all my debts have to be included in my Debt Settlement program?
Your Start New Financial debt advisor will fully guide you through the entire enrollment process, highlighting all advantages and disadvantages of leaving out a qualifying debt. We strongly encourage that all qualified debt be enrolled into the program in order to enhance the benefits of the program’s complete success.
What is different about Bankruptcy and Debt Settlement?
Bankruptcy is also known as the last resort option. It will limit your ability to function freely in a financial type of sense. For starters, filing for bankruptcy will stay on your credit history and appear on your credit report for about 10 years. It often creates a lot of different discriminations against you, such as you might be denied employment, insurance, state licenses, and even keep you from renting an apartment because of it. With a bankruptcy filing on your credit report, obtaining any type of credit will be a very long shot for quite a very long time.
When you file for bankruptcy, you will not be allowed to discharge alimony, child support, student loans, or any loan on the bankruptcy petition. Recent changes to bankruptcy laws have made it much harder to qualify for Chapter 7, the bankruptcy option whereby the Court has your qualified assets liquidated to pay off your debts. Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your debt payments are simply restructured to your income, meaning you will still have to pay a percentage of your debts while you suffer the consequences of bankruptcy. Debt settlement is the much better alternative to filing for bankruptcy that prevents a bankruptcy. A licensed attorney is the only one who can provide you with advice and guidance specific to your situation relating to bankruptcy as opposed to debt settlement, since it is a legal court procedure.
Will I be totally debt free when I am done with your program?
Just to cover my present debts, will taking out another (new) loan be necessary?
A new loan and our debt reduction program are two different things. Some of our clients use a new loan in conjunction with our Start New Financial debt relief program, but most fund their settlements with a comfortable monthly deposit into their Dedicated Savings Account. There’s a very considerate lending company with whom we have a great, long-standing partnership. Some of our clients, who demonstrate a consistent pattern of saving their monthly draft amount on time, may be eligible for a loan from this lender to pay off one or more of their settlements. This is not something that is required of any Start New Financial clients.
Is there accruement of late fees and interest on my accounts?
Your balances will increase until a settlement has been accomplished on a debt, and this is regardless of whether or not you make your minimum payments. Start New Financial also guides and helps in arranging that any transitional payment towards your settlement go straight into the estimate of service. Always keep in mind that once your account becomes delinquent, your creditors will continue to add interest and late fees to your balance. Our mission is to negotiate a substantial reduction to the balance on your account, regardless of whether the interest and fees pile up. Our fee remains the same no matter how much extra fees or interest is added to your account.
Call Start New Financial TODAY and we will answer any and all other inquiries you may have and you’ll also have the opportunity to start your journey to a bright, debt-free future of peace and happiness. You’ll also feel as if you’re wealthy because you’ll always have plenty of money left over to do you, something you hadn’t been able to do in eons. Cheers!
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