Debt Settlement Lawyers in Los Angeles
Is Debt Consolidation or Settlement Right for You?
Our economy was already struggling in recent years, and with the onslaught of COVID-19, we are closer than ever on the brink of a recession. As a result, many individuals and businesses are struggling with paying debts for no fault of their own. If you are feeling overwhelmed by high mountains of debt, you need to know that you are not alone. Our reliable debt settlement attorneys in Los Angeles are here to help.
Now, you may have heard that one potential option for decreasing your debt is through debt consolidation and settlement. This can be a helpful option of relief for some people attempting to pay back pricy loans through working directly with their creditors to decrease the payments that are due. In certain cases, a creditor might be willing to limit the amounts of debts that are owed, potentially allowing a smaller lump sum of payment. They might even be willing to negotiate an extended plan for installment, rather than facing the fact that they could lose everything if you file for bankruptcy.
The question is whether debt settlement is really the best option for you, since certain types of debts do not even qualify for consolidation. To determine the most viable action to take, you can count on The Turoci Bankruptcy Firm to give you sound advice and representation.
Call us today at (310) 846-8454 for dependable support for all your settlement questions.
What Is Debt Settlement?
Debt settlement, also known as debt consolidation, involves interacting directly with each of your creditors to whom you owe money. Through debt settlements, you and your creditors try to work together in decreasing the amount of debt that is owed, either by diminishing the loan amount or accepting a more reasonable form of payment installment.
Because the arrangement for the payment is voluntary on both sides, and the agreement can be cut off by either party at any time, which may seem like a simple solution to your debt problem. The issue is that there are actually many hidden traps that could occur in debt settlement arrangements that might land you in a less desirable position than before.
Disadvantages of Debt Settlement
While debt settlement can potentially lower your overall debt and help you avoid bankruptcy, there are several risks that debtors should know before choosing this option.
Some of the cons of debt settlement include:
- Difficult creditors - Creditors are not required to negotiate with you under this arrangement, so you may be facing unwillingness of creditors to lower your debts at all.
- Possible scams - There are numerous scams out there of debt settlement companies who are only after your money, not your best interests. Work with a reputable attorney to help ensure that you are receiving the best possible representation.
- Only applies to unsecured debts - If you have a considerable amount of secured debt, such as car loans or a mortgage, then debt settlement may not provide much benefits to reducing your debts.
- Tax consequences - You may be need to pay taxes on the difference that you settled for compared to what was owed, as that difference may be considered taxable income if it exceeds $600. You should consult an attorney to better understand the tax consequences of your case.
It is important that you discuss your options thoroughly with an experienced debt relief attorney to help you decide whether you should take this route, or file for bankruptcy instead.
Unsecured Debts Under Debt Settlement
There are certain debts, called unsecured loans, which could be considered for debt settlement. These unsecured loans, which are not affixed to physical possessions or property like cars or houses, are able to be considered under debt settlement.
Unsecured debts that are allowed include:
- Bills for cell phones
- Business debts
- Credit cards
- Private student loans
- Medical issues
- Car repossessions
Do Secured Debts Qualify for Debt Settlement?
However, there are several debts that do not apply, called secured loans. These tend to be much larger payments.
Examples of secured loans which do not apply for debt settlement include payments for:
- Child support
- Car loan payments
- Tax debt
- Government student loans
- Utility bills
Many consolidation plans exclude the largest debts you owe, but they tend to act like an extended chain, dragging on for many years without decreasing the overall balance.
Alternative Solutions Through Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
The best alternative to debt settlement is getting complete protection from all of your creditors. You can do this by applying for a full Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which will allow you to consolidate your debt into single payments each month, which will take a maximum of 5 years to complete. Our seasoned debt settlement lawyers in Los Angeles can help you decide the optimal solution for your individual needs.
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