If you are in debt, and are unsure as to how you should clear your debts, you may want to consider a professional debt solution.
Debt solutions are specifically designed to help you get out of debt in a realistic, affordable way. Different solutions may lower the amount you are required to repay each month and/or write off the portion of your debt that you cannot afford to repay.
But how do you know which debt solution is right for you? Here’s a brief look at some of the debt solutions available:
- Debt management – this debt solution may be right for you if you can’t keep up with the repayments to your debts as you had originally agreed, but you could afford to repay your debts within a realistic timeframe if you were allowed to change the way you’re repaying them. Debt management works by asking your unsecured creditors to accept changes to your repayment plan: for example, lower monthly payments and/or a freeze/reduction in interest and charges. Please note, though, that your creditors are not obliged to accept any changes – and that failing to repay your debts as you originally agreed will have an impact on your credit rating, which can make it harder and/or more expensive to obtain further credit during the six years it stays on your credit report.
- Debt consolidation – this involves taking out a new loan big enough to repay your existing unsecured debts. Since this means you’ll have just one debt to pay off, instead of many, debt consolidation can simplify your finances, making it easier for you to remain in control of your debt repayments. Some people take the opportunity to slow down the rate at which they are repaying their debt – by arranging to repay it over a longer period of time, they can reduce their monthly payments to a level they’re sure they can comfortably afford. However, if you arrange to do this, you may end up paying more overall, as you will be paying interest for longer (this also depends on the interest rate on your consolidation loan, and how it compares with the rates on your original debts).
- IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) – this is a form of insolvency that could be right for you if you have an unmanageable level of unsecured debt that you cannot afford to repay. For an IVA to be appropriate, you must be able to commit to making regular monthly payments throughout the agreement – which, in most cases, would last for 5 years. Before an IVA can start, voting creditors accounting for at least 75% of your debt would have to agree to the terms you and your IP (Insolvency Practitioner) set out in your ‘IVA Proposal’. Once you have made your final payment and the IVA has come to a successful conclusion, any outstanding unsecured debt will be written off. Note that you may be required to release some equity from your home (if you’re a homeowner) so you can pay your creditors more – and that your creditors may try to make you bankrupt if the IVA fails.
Now bankruptcy is the last lap when your financial downfall is complete so it is better to avoid getting into trouble with the International Debt Collectors agency because IVA is bound to fail if you are not able to manage your EMIs so outstanding debts need to be cleared out as soon as possible because if they’re written off, then it is you who stand to lose everything you have to repay the amount that you’ve borrowed.
Please bear in mind that any debt solution has advantages as well as disadvantages. These descriptions only provide a brief description of these three debt solutions. To find out more – and to find out which one may be right for you – contact a professional debt adviser.