Debt Settlement
An uncommon way of resolving your debts for less than you owe.

What is Debt Settlement?

Are you worried about debt but recently got a lot of money, such as from an inheritance, family member, severance package, or insurance payout? When you’re in debt, have money now, and your financial future is uncertain, debt settlement may be an option worth considering. With this option, we negotiate with your creditors on your behalf to settle your debt for a percentage of what you owe as one lump sum. However, this isn’t without consequence. It does hurt your credit, and there are some other things to be aware of too.

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When Debt Settlement is an Option

If you can no longer make regular, full payments on your debt, or you’re not sure if you’ll be able to make future payments, then debt settlement can be a good option. However, you need to have enough money on hand, otherwise creditors will reject any settlement request they determine is less profitable. You also need to be well-prepared with a truthful and persuasive argument about why they should accept what you’re offering over the alternative, which is collecting the full amount of what you owe.

What Debt Settlement Covers

Debt settlements only work for unsecured debts, which are debts that you haven’t put up collateral for. That’s because creditors have no reason to accept less for your debt when you could just sell the collateral to pay them back, whether that’s your car, house, or other assets. If most of your debts are secured, then debt settlement is probably not an option worth exploring.

A debt settlement negatively affects your credit because it allows you to repay less than what you owe. This negative effect will last for 6 years unless you use the debt settlement program of a non-profit credit counselling organization like us. When we negotiate settlement for a client, the effect on your credit lasts 2 years.

How Our Debt Settlement Program Works

Through our program, one of our debt settlement experts negotiates with your creditors on your behalf to come to an agreed settlement amount based on your individual situation. Nobody can guarantee success, but we do guarantee that you’ll only pay us if we succeed – and any fee we take is part of the lump sum of money you already have. Our success rate is extremely high because we won’t attempt a debt settlement unless we believe it will work. We know what creditors are likely to accept based on many years of experience negotiating settlements. If we believe that debt settlement is not the best choice for you, we’ll explain exactly why that is and what your other options are.

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Debt settlements are just one of 7 debt relief options available in Canada (5 are available in all provinces). Before deciding to pursue a specific option, it would be wise to speak with a credit counsellor, review your situation, and determine which option is going to help you achieve your financial goals. Speaking with our counsellors is always free and confidential.

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