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When your debt reaches a level that is out of your control, a debt relief plan is most often the only way you will be able to get your finances back on track.

Debt relief programs promise to reduce your debt by either reducing the amount you owe or by lowering the interest rate. In other words, there will be some form of repayment or release of debt, so you can get help managing debt.

Each person’s debt situation is unique. Therefore off-the-shelf debt relief plans won’t work for you. Make sure the organization you select will design a plan that’s personalized to suit your specific needs. Depending on the status of your finances, you have a choice of debt consolidation, debt counseling or debt management to serve your needs.

Selecting the correct company is the most important step. Do your research on a few companies and meet up and discuss with them before you make up your mind. There are quite a lot of firms which don’t deliver on their promise, which means you’ll still owe your creditors the same amount as before, plus you’ll have additional penalties and late fees to pay.

Once you meet up with the company, the credit counselor assigned to you should spend a considerable amount of time with you in order for him to get a clear idea of where your finances stand. If they don’t bother to spend the time, they are probably not worth considering.

>Before you select a credit counseling agency ask yourself the following questions as well;

  • Do they offer a wide range of services – the company should be able to offer advice on budgeting techniques and managing your debt and your savings
  • Does the company have a license – in order for them to offer you their services legally they must have a license
  • Is their information free – always avoid those firms that charge you to provide information about their services
  • Will there be a formal agreement/contract in writing – never commit to a debt relief plan on the telephone. If you want to be protected by Law, you need to have everything in writing.
  • Are the counselors trained professionals – they need to be trained by a firm not related to the creditors
  • Details of fee charged – these need to be taken down in writing from the agency and it should show a detailed breakdown of all fees charged
  • Is my information safe – your personal and financial information is confidential and the agency should have proper data security measures to safeguard this data
By enrolling in a debt relief program your aim should not only be to pay off your debts, the program should also help you to plan your finances better and to give up the bad spending habits that you have been practicing.

Article Summary - By doing careful research and taking time to make your decision, you can find a debt relief plan that’s just right for you and be on the way to freedom from debt.

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