When you're struggling with debt and looking for profession help, you have
four options: credit counseling, debt negotiation, debt management, or debt
consolidation. While credit counseling and debt consolidation are both pretty
straightforward services, many people have trouble understanding the difference
between debt negotiation and debt management. This article compares the two
services, and it will help you to determine which service is right for you.
First, ask yourself these questions:
Does My Problem Stem From An Inability To Afford My Debt Payments?
If you answered yes to this question, debt negotiation is probably the choice
for you. Debt negotiation services call your creditors on your behalf and
negotiate lower payments. You keep control of sending out your payments each
month, but your debt negotiation company will negotiate payments with your
creditors that you can afford. Additionally, if your reasons for being unable to
afford your debt payments stem from a circumstance that is not beyond your
control, credit counseling is usually available.
Does My Problem Stem From An Inability To Both Afford and Manage My Debt
If you answered yes to this question, then you're probably in need of the
services of a debt management company. In addition to negotiating lower payments
with your creditors, debt management companies will distribute your payments to
your creditors on your behalf. You simply send them one combined monthly
payment. If you have trouble remembering to pay your bills on time every month,
your credit will greatly benefit from the services of a company that ensures
Debt management differs from debt consolidation in that debt consolidation is a
loan that consolidates all of your debts, and debt management is just a service
that calculates the balance of all of your payments and combines them for you.
With debt management, you still hold all of your original credit accounts.
The most important part of seeking professional debt services is getting
counseling in order to prevent future debt problems. Any professional debt
service should also provide counseling in order to teach you how to stay out of
debt once their services have ceased. Debt services are not meant to be a way
for you to escape your financial responsibilities; rather, they are a way for
you to educate yourself on responsible handling of your credit and debt.