In order to handle debt an individual must make a budget and prioritize. The debtor needs to access what is coming in and what is going out each month. All bills and expenditures should be listed. First, the definite monthly bills and then what is spent on entertainment, eating out, clothes etc.
Every bit of income from every source should be entered into the equation. The person needs to set a goal to adjust spending so he or she can pay for the basics each month like utilities, health care, housing, insurance, and food. The individual can get software to help develop a budget, balance the checkbook, save money, and pay off debt. The public library has books and other media designed that helps in explaining to people how to handle debt.
The next step in handling debt is to talk to creditors and explain why payments are late and try to work out a plan to lower payments to a manageable level to pay each month. A person should never let the bill get so out of control that the creditor gives it to a collection agency to get the money. But if that does materialize the next step is to read The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which will explain what the collection agency can and can’t do. At this point handling of debt involves the protecting of one's rights so as not to be illegally harassed.
If the individual sees that he or she may go into default concerning a car, the best option may be to sell it and pay off the car loan that way. It is a secured debt and the car dealer can repossess it. If this happens paying the towing fee and storage as well as paying off the loan is normal procedure. The option of selling it and avoiding default if carried out can save the extra cost and stop a bad mark on a consumer’s credit report.
A consumer’s mortgage is also a secured debt and it’s best to talk to the lender to avoid going into foreclosure. If for some reason, the homeowner can’t get a plan worked out with the lender there’s another option. Call a housing counseling agency. To find a counselor the homeowner can contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the local or state equivalent. Some of them won’t help anyone unless they have an FHA mortgage, but some will discuss the problem even if you don’t have an FHA mortgage.
Going into bankruptcy is one way to stop foreclosure, but this option should be discussed with a loss mitigation specialist. The specialist will be able to devise a plan for the homeowner and negotiate with the lender.
Another way to handle debt is to get advice and a plan going by talking to a counselor at a nonprofit credit counseling program. You can find these programs at military bases, universities, housing authorities, credit unions, and branches of the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service. They might tell the consumer that the best bet is to enroll in a debt management plan. If this is the best thing for this individual it will be recommended and the procedure will be explained.
And if you live in the UK and need debt help then you should use the search engines by using search terms like Debt Help UK.
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As many people know these days getting yourself into too much debt is the easiest thing in the world to do, but getting out of debt can be a very long and hard road to travel. Indeed, for some people, it is a road which they simply feel they cannot navigate themselves and so they turn for help to a debt counselor.
A seasoned debt counselor will have seen just about every sort of debt situation you can imagine and will know not only the best route to get you out of trouble but also the traps to avoid while trying to clear your debt and repair your credit score.
But more than this a debt counselor can also simply offer a shoulder to lean on and someone to bounce your thoughts off at a time when your debts are probably having not simply a financial but also a psychological effect on your life.
People in financial trouble often find it difficult to assess the extent of their problem in the first instance and a debt counselor can be very helpful in allowing you to see the wood from the trees. It is also often very difficult to see any light at the end of the tunnel when you are burdened with debt and a debt counselor can help you to put together a clear plan of action with a finishing tape which you can actually see.
Assessing the problem and creating a plan to solve it are only the start however and, for most people, it will take many weeks if not months or years to get out of debt. The excitement and optimism which you feel at the start of the process can soon wear off as the weeks and months grind on and it is very easy to lose heart and veer off the road. Here once again a debt counselor can be extremely helpful if keeping you focused on your goal and giving you encouragement. It is also much easier to steer a straight course when you know that you have a navigator who is watching the road with you.
There are however circumstances in which you might find a debt counselor more of a hindrance than a help.
The job of a debt counselor is to help you to sort out your problems in the short term and to teach you manage your financial affairs yourself in the longer term. This means that you have to have the commitment to work with your counselor and to gradually take on the responsibility for the management of your finances yourself. If you are not prepared to do this and are simply going to use the counselor as a crutch to lean on in order to avoid accepting responsibility yourself then things are almost certainly not going to work out.
Similarly, it is one thing to seek advice but quite another to follow it. If you are going to ask an expert for advice then you must be prepared to follow that advice. For some people this is not easy, and if you are one of those people who find it difficult to accept advice from others then you will need to think carefully before turning to a debt counselor.
There is nothing wrong in this life with asking other people for advice and help and when it comes to debt. Talking to a debt counselor can be extremely helpful. Not only can he or she help to get your finances back on track again but they will also be able to teach you such things as how to go about negotiating settlement on your credit card debts and how to repair your credit report history