However, you may want to read this article so you may educate yourself for the future. I recently spent a little over 7 hours watching the videos produced by the FTC covering their recent debt collection workshop that took place on June 6th, The workshop participants included representatives of the FTC, CFPB, state regulators, consumer protection attorneys, junk debt buyers, and original creditors. There was a lot of information that was shared in these videos.
The sample letters below are part of our online Debt Negotiation section. Some of you reading this have been contacted about really old debt that is probably out of statute.
If this is so, you might be interested in visiting our " Handling Debt Collectors " section before dealing with a debt collector. Some of the sample letters will help you obtain alternate repayment plans and permanent reduced settlements.
It is best that your initial contact with a creditor or debt collector be by telephone, so use the letters afterwards and only after reading the information. You can glean what you should say to them from the sample letters offered below. Always follow-up your telephone conversation with a letter setting forth what was discussed over the phone and which sets forth the terms of the agreement made over the phone.
To protect yourself, you might want to send the letter certified mail, return receipt requested particularly if you're dealing with a bill collector. If your trying to get a reduced settlement or alternate payment arrangement, you will get better results if you disclose information that convinces them that accepting your proposed agreement is the best thing for them.
Such proof would be a pink slip or other proof of unemployment; a doctor's report that you have a serious or terminal illness or at least a long-term illness that has left you in serious financial trouble; or proof that you have suffered a permanent decline in income.
Some creditors will be glad to work with you and will accept you in to their hardship program immediately -- not because they care about you -- but because they understand that this is the best way for them to collect as much as they possibly can from you.
Other creditors will refuse to work with you. These creditors have determined that they make more money in the long run by sticking to their current collection policies. Some of the sample letters below are to stop debt collection harassment and cite federal law. It does NOT apply to original creditors, such as credit card companies, although many of them will comply with your requests to stop phoning them, etc.Follow this 5 step process to find out which debts you should deal with first, how much you can afford to pay your creditors, and how to negotiate a payment plan for your debts.
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Writing a Debt Settlement Request Letter When they become overwhelmed with without the income to repay, they may ask their creditors for help. A debt settlement letter is the first step towards contacting creditors to ask for a reduction or elimination of certain debt.
Many people don’t realize that medical debt is similar to credit card debt in that it is unsecured debt, and the amount owed can be negotiated.
Sending a medical hardship letter is the way to start the process of reducing medical bills. I see this question a lot on CK, where can I get a pay to delete letter? how do I write one? what do yo say? rutadeltambor.com. I am not too sure where I found this, it was either somewhere on CK buried in all the articles or it was a search I found online.
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