Debt Settlement FAQs
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What’s the difference between debt settlement and debt consolidation?
Debt settlement, which we can help you with, is when we negotiate with credit companies to get your debts erased or partially relieved. Debt settlement actually lowers the amount of debt you owe AND lowers the amount of money you pay monthly!
Debt consolidation, which is often not recommended, requires you to take out a large loan to pay off your debts. These large loans are considered “secured loans”, because they require you to offer something like your home, car, etc. as collateral. If you default, they can take possession of that collateral.
How do I start the debt settlement process?
Taking your first step toward financial freedom is easy! Call 866-722-9651 or schedule a free debt settlement consultation with one of our specialists.
On the call, we will explain to you how our proven process works and see if you’d benefit from our program. If you decide that PCA’s Debt Settlement program is the solution you’ve been searching for, then we will begin negotiating directly with your creditors as soon as you enroll.
We take the stress out of the mess and deal with your creditors for you, so that you can focus on saving sufficient funds to ultimately settle any remaining debts. Throughout the program, you’ll be provided not only with an advocate negotiating on your behalf, but also with education, valuable information, and tools that will help you to successfully eliminate your debt and live a happier life!
How long does debt settlement take?
With Debt Settlement, you could be debt free in as little as 12 months! However, the time it takes to settle a person’s debts can vary in length based on a number of factors! No two people have the same financial circumstances.
Our promise is to work with you on a personal, customized level. We will only offer solutions that will help you in your specific situation to successfully and quickly resolve your debt. PLUS, depending on the amount of your debt, you may be able to extend your payments up to 48 months to lower your monthly amount owed!
Who will be helping me settle my debt?
Our team of knowledgeable, experienced debt specialists and lawyers will be working with you throughout the process. We know how difficult, stressful, and consuming financial troubles are, which is why our team of highly qualified specialists take on the task of negotiating with your creditors for you to make sure you are completely taken care of!
Is debt settlement confidential?
YES! Your debt settlement will be absolutely confidential. We do reach out to creditors on your behalf and negotiate with them to eliminate or lower your debt, but we do not share your personal data or status of your debt settlement progress with anyone other than our Debt Settlement team.
Is debt settlement a scam?
No! Unfortunately, there have been some bad apples in the credit repair/debt settlement industry, though. Make sure to steer clear of them! As long as you are working with a certified, transparent, and confidential debt settlement company that will truly advocate for you, you will be very happy you chose to settle your debts and release thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of dollars in debt.
Why shouldn’t I file for bankruptcy?
Although filing for bankruptcy may seem like an easy solution, it can seriously affect you financially for the rest of your life. Many professionals will tell you that bankruptcy vanishes after 7-10 years, however, whenever you open a credit card, buy a house, buy a new car, or take out a student or personal loan, you are almost always asked if you have ever filed for bankruptcy.
Furthermore, if you have filed for bankruptcy and answer by saying you haven’t, you could be charged with a federal offense.
Filing for bankruptcy is actually a very expensive process; paying all the court and legal fees that are necessary for you to file adds up.
We recommend you consult with a lawyer about bankruptcy and if it’s right for you, but it is generally considered the very last option.
Do I have to get all my debts settled?
Although we are an advocate for you, you remain in control of the debt settlement process the whole time! You will decide which debts you’d like us to resolve for you. You will never be alone in that decision, though; our specialists will give you input to help you decide which debts to prioritize.
Will PCA pay my creditors for me?
No, you are responsible for continuing to make payments to your creditors as we work to lower and/or eliminate your debt for you. We will, however, assist you with figuring out a budget that will help you enjoy a healthier financial life.
Can I stop answering calls from creditors?
That decision is up to you! You do not have to accept any call that you do not want to take.
Will debt settlement affect my credit score?
Yes. Generally speaking, if you miss payments and/or do not pay your creditors according to the agreement you originally made with them when you opened that line of credit, your credit will likely be negatively affected. Any debt settlement program will have an adverse effect on your credit score, and you should be very, very cautious of any program that tells you it won’t affect your credit.
Once you’ve completed the debt settlement program, we recommend immediately enrolling in credit repair services with PCA, to restore your credit quickly and affordably.
How much will I need to save towards settling my debt with my creditors?
Debt Settlement is a savings-based program, which means our first goal is to help you save up funds to pay off a portion of your debt. We will help you establish a trust account that is owned and controlled by you, NOT us. You will then receive a monthly statement about the account’s balance. All debt settlement payments will be paid directly to your creditors from your trust account.
Once you save up and accrue enough funds into your trust account, we can begin the negotiation process with your credit companies. The exact amount you will need to save depends on how much you owe and how much debt you are able to pay down. We work with you to establish these goals and timeframes for paying down your debt as quickly as you can afford.
What happens if I can’t save funds?
In order to settle your debts, you need to save funds so that you can pay the reduced amount. If you are unable to save funds, we will have to wait until a time that you can save funds. Otherwise, you are unable to settle debts with your creditors.
Who is in charge of paying the remaining debts that we come to an agreement on?
You are the sole person responsible for getting your settled debts paid. That is why it is so important to put aside funds you can use once we have negotiated with your creditors to reduce your debt.
Can my creditors still sue me if I’m in a debt settlement program?
Yes. If you don’t pay your bills on time, your creditors can take legal action against you.
Can you prevent lawsuits brought on by debt collectors?
We cannot prevent lawsuits by debt collectors. However, we do have ways to help you work through and manage your collections. You must seek legal advice on any lawsuits against you.
Do interest charges and late fees stop while I am in the debt settlement program?
No. During the program you are still liable to make your payments on time to any debt collectors and to pay any interest or late fees incurred