The idea of debt negotiators is fantastic. They are people that have the necessary skills, training and experience to help you manage your way out of a tricky financial situation, and prevent it from happening again in the future. However people must take care when getting this sort of assistance. It gives that person a lot of power over your finances and ultimately your life and future. Any mistakes or dishonest statements they make will ultimately affect you.
Negotiations with creditors can be difficult for most people. Often it can be embarrassing and you can feel quite regretful about the way things have ended up. It is normal to let this emotion take over when entering into discussions or negotiations with them. More often than not this does not work to your disadvantage. You also can miss out on getting a valid point across as you are so overcome with emotion. A negotiator working for you has only the facts and law to work with, there is no emotion involved for them. This allows them to make clear arguments on your behalf without their judgments being clouded. On the other hand, a negotiator without some concern for their client can be very risky. They could make rash decisions that end up with negative implications for you. Finding a good balance in a negotiator is important and requires meeting with them face to face before hiring them. Also seek recommendations, references or research them online.
Working with debt negotiators can sometimes have amazing results. Some people report getting up between 10-50% of their debt wiped after successful negotiations. Before you aim for this sort of target speak with your negotiator about how this will affect your credit score or credit rating for the future. Make sure you are well informed about the consequences of the decisions you are making together, both immediately and in the future. Be prepared for the fact that some creditors simply may not accept the negotiations and will not budge on the amount of your debt. In this case you may end up with the same amount of debt and an extra bill for the negotiator!
If you are ever in doubt out how genuine or honest your negotiator is being with you then don’t be afraid to check up on them. If they have advised you to stop paying a creditors bill, it might not hurt to follow that up with a phone call to the creditor to confirm. Horror stories suggest dishonest negotiators can give financial advice to put you in a worse situation only to help line their pockets in the long run.
Overall make sure you ask lots of questions, are kept well informed on a regular basis, don’t let debt negotiators allow you to feel embarrassed and take action if you are concerned about any possibly dishonest behavior. Remember when it comes to debt there rarely are quick fixes or miracle cures, so if something sounds a little too good to be true, maybe it is.