Many clients ask what options are available besides filing bankruptcy to deal with debt. One option often overlooked is debt negotiation. This can mean many things from payment in full after a set monthly payment plan, lump sum settlement, or some combination of both. At Witt Law Firm, we help clients reach favorable settlements via aggressive debt defense for credit card lawsuits in NC, car repossession deficiencies, home foreclosure deficiencies, personal loans, and business debt.
The most important thing to remember is not to over-commit to a monthly payment plan through a debt settlement program that you cannot afford. That is one of the main reasons I encourage clients to consider a lump sum settlement of something less than the full balance. One big advantage of lump sum payment is that you don’t have to worry about what happens if you can’t make future payments due to job loss or income reduction. In addition, you can generally pay much less via lump sum settlement rather than monthly payments over several years. The credit card companies know you likely have other creditors and they want to get what they can now before the next creditor sues and you decide to stop paying everyone.
Be aware that lump sum settlement for less than the full amount will usually be reported as settled for less than full value which can damage your credit and often results in a 1099-C being issued by the creditor for cancellation of debt. A 1099-C basically means you will be taxed on whatever is written off by the creditor. If you have been served with your notice of right to claim exemptions or would like to discuss debt settlement strategies as a possible path to freedom from growing debt please give our attorneys a call to discuss how we can help.
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