Credit card debt - along with other forms of unsecured debt - is a mounting problem in the United States. More people are in over their heads than ever; if you're one of them, it's important to realize that you're not alone, and that help is available. At the same time, it is critical to be aware of the many unscrupulous credit counseling agencies and other organizations that will gladly pocket your hard-earned cash - without providing any real counseling or assistance. Whether you're considering bankruptcy or simply want to learn more about debt consolidation, contacting an attorney is always a great first step.
In Too Deep? You Have Plenty Of Options
One of the worst things you can do when it comes to mounting credit card debt is ignore the problem. Being proactive is of the essence; fortunately, there are many great avenues to pursue. Familiarize yourself with the various options, as outlined below, then speak to a debt settlement attorney before making any major moves.
- Work With Your Creditors - Many times, simply contacting your various creditors and explaining the circumstances can garner you reduced interest rates and other benefits. Making such contact without knowing how to proceed, though, can result in failure.
- Debt Consolidation - A very popular option among many debt-saddled individuals is debt consolidation. Weeding through the various programs that are available can be daunting, though, which is why working with an experienced lawyer is such a savvy move.
- Arbitration - When things come to a head with a credit card company or another creditor, arbitration can help cool things down and level the playing field a bit, too. Arbitration is a great way to settle debts, but it can be decidedly one-sided if the debtor - i.e., you - doesn't have legal counsel on their side.
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