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Debt Management Services
 Aug 05, 2004

Debt management services are designed to help people reduce their debt. In this article we will review some of the top debt management companies and also discuss the pros and cons of using debt consolidation / management services.

One of the biggest issues today is that of debt. Much of the nearly $1 trillion in revolving debt in this country is due to credit cards. Many people want to get out of debt, but things seem too overwhelming for them. This may be the case for you as well. Maybe you feel like there is too much for you to handle, or that you do not know where to begin.

In such cases, it is possible to turn to others for help. There are debt management companies that can help you make a plan to pay down your debt. It is possible to get help from others so that you can negotiate reasonable and affordable payments. Sometimes, with the right help, it is possible to get out of debt and stay out of debt for good.

Debt management services

There are many debt management services that can help you figure out a way to deal with your debt. Here are three of the more popular and well-known debt management services:

  1. American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a pretty well known non-profit debt management company. You can learn more about managing your credit and consolidating your debt. ACCC can help you create a debt plan and negotiate with your creditors. Depending on your debt load, and what you can afford to pay each month, it can take three to six years on average to become debt free.
  2. Debt Advocates of America is a company that will provide you with a free debt analysis. Additionally, you can learn how to better manage your resources. The company provides help in lowering your interest rates and making your payments, usually through debt consolidation. It is not a loan, so you will not have to use your home as collateral.
  3. offers access to a number of non-profit credit counseling agencies that can help you get your debt problem under control. This is not a loan, either, but rather a program that helps you lump your debt together and negotiate with creditors for lower interest rates.

It is important to realize that even with reputable debt management services you will usually have to pay some sort of a fee. This is not usually a large fee, however, and often runs somewhere between $25 and $50.

Warnings about debt management services

It is important to be careful when choosing a debt management service. Avoid a service that seems to charge high fees. Also, watch out for companies that promise solutions that seem to good to be true.

In these economic times, it is also wise to avoid companies that strictly offer loans for debt consolidation. A loan may not be what is best for you right now especially if your home is required as collateral. Make sure that you read through documents carefully before signing, since you want to be clear on what sort of program you are entering upon.

Also, understand that usually when you sign up with debt management services, your credit accounts are closed. Terms are set with the company, and your card is basically cancelled. You will not be able to use it while you are in the program and you may have to apply all over again if you want the card. Your credit score may also take an initial hit, although in the long run it will help your credit to pay off debt.

If you feel you have too much debt to tackle on your own and don't know where to begin, carefully chosen debt management services can get you on the right path.

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