Having past due bills and not having enough money to repay them? Repaying your debts can seem challenging when you know you are from head to toe in debt. It can be a tough situation, especially when you think you don’t have a solution. But don’t panic on hearing this! Calm down because everything is negotiable in business. Although the terms may seem very strict, getting a discount can be easy if only you know the right way to ask for it.
Follow the tips mentioned and you will be able to negotiate with your debt collector.
Understand debt collector
For proper negotiation, you need to know the debt collector as much as possible. This helps you know what you want and what you can do. The debt collector aims to gather as much money as possible and can even lie to get a higher collection.
But a collector cannot snatch your money or withdraw money from your bank account. Only when the debtor pays the debt to the collector, then only can he get money.
Although you have to repay money to the creditor that does not allow the creditor to do whatever it wants to. Some laws restrict the debt collector from using aggressive debt collection methods and protect you against the harassment of creditor, and the law is called- Debt collector laws. But everybody does not know the minuteness of these laws, or they don’t even know about the existence of such laws. You need someone to help you with this, and that person is a consumer protection attorney. They help their clients in safeguarding their rights.
Ensure that it’s your debt
Don’t just assume that a debt collector contacting you is genuine. Before you negotiate with a collector, ensure that the debt is legitimate. First, you can send a debt validation letter. Then you can send in writing a request for sending proof of the debt. Once you receive the debt collector’s proof and are satisfied, you can proceed.
Decide how much you can pay
Payment of debt is important to increase your credit worthiness. You can either pay in a lump sum or pay in installments. It’s preferable to pay in lump sum as the debt collector does not want to get the money in small amounts, in months, or years. This is a debt settlement. It is a practice that helps you resolve your debts by paying less than the actual amount.
Begin the negotiation by making an offer of payment lower than what you can pay. The collector will want to collect as much money as possible and counter with a higher amount than your offer. But you have to convince the collector to accept a lesser payment.