When it comes to owning debt that you cannot pay, you might be unsure the exact total that you owe; you might be
unsure just how serious and dangerous your debt totals are. If you haven’t been paying your debts, there is a good
chance that you just ignored all those collection calls and letters. If you have since changed your mind and
realized all the benefits of seeking debt relief, scheduling an appointment with a credit card counselor should be
one of the first things you do.
Accurate Debt Total: For a credit card counselor to help you, information must be complied on your debts.
In the past, you have been ignoring all those collection calls and letters. Today, things are different. Before
you can seek debt relief and before you can take any action, you must know how much you owe. You might be
required to gather this information yourself (by collecting your old bills or by calling your creditors), but
some counselors and financial planners will provide assistance with gathering this information.
The Cause of Your Debts: One mistake that many individuals make is jumping right into a relief program.
Both settlement and consolidation come highly rated and recommended, but they are designed to cure your debt.
What was it that caused it? If you don’t take time to address the root of the problem, you can get out of debt
but you might find yourself back in trouble just a few years down the road. A good credit card counselor will
help you see the cause of your debt and work with you to ensure that so-called cause doesn’t cause anymore
financial complications in the short-term or long-term.
Decide on the Best Course of Action: It is important to not only know how much debt you have and recognize
the reason for this massive debt of yours, but it is also important to know about debt relief. Do a little bit
of research online and you will find settlement or consolidation. Which debt relief procedure is best for you?
Consolidation sounds nice because it gets all your bills rolled into one loan, but settlement can reduce the
amount you owe. Each has their pros and cons and a credit card counselor or financial planner can help you
review your debt relief options and help you decide which one is best for your own personal financial