If you are over your head with multiple debts in Kansas, you should explore your options in order to tackle debt wisely and avoid harassment by creditors or collection agencies.
How to tackle debts through Kansas debt consolidation
When you have multiple bills and you've been making late payments on some of them, it's essential that you take action to resolve the problem. You can tackle debts by negotiating with your creditors and asking them to lower the interest rates on your bills. If you find it difficult negotiating with creditors, you should get help with an option that'll make your bill payments manageable.
How to get rid of bills through Kansas debt settlement
With Kansas settlement programs, you eliminate part of the outstanding principal balance on your accounts. Kansas debt settlement differs from consolidation in that with settlement, you pay less than the total amount you owe. Find out how settlement works.
An example on how settlement works
Let's say, Tim has 2 credit cards, 1 medical bill and 3 payday loans. The details of the accounts are:
Credit card X has outstanding balance = $40000
Credit card Y has outstanding balance = $60000
Medical bill has outstanding balance = $25000
3 Pdls having total outstanding balance = $50000
So, Tim owes = $175,000 in total
If Tim negotiates a settlement, and his creditors agree to accept 45% of the outstanding balance, then he has to pay= 45% of ($175,000)= $78,750
So, Tim will save = $175000 - $78750 = $96250
If the settlement company charges Tim 25% of his savings, then Tim's net savings= $96,250 - (25% of $96,250)= $96,250 - $24,062.50 = $72,187.50
So, with Kansas debt settlement, you get 3 benefits:
- You pay less than you owe
- You can get rid of bills in about 2-4 years
- You save money
Downsides to Kansas debt settlement
When you choose settlement, it takes some time to accumulate enough cash to pay the settled amount. This will negatively affect your credit score at first, but once you settle your bills you can gradually repair your score. Learn how to repair credit after settlement.
FAQ on Kansas debt consolidation and settlement
Q) Is Kansas debt settlement legal?
Ans: Settlement is legal in Kansas, but only law firms can offer them. Know more...
Q) I have 3 storefront payday loans and I thought of including them in a Kansas debt consolidation program. But I've learned that pdls cannot be included in this kind of program. I've stopped paying on these loans and have sent letters to the creditors explaining my financial problems. I've received phone calls from creditors but I'm not sure whether they'll agree to negotiate. Is there any way I can consolidate these pdls?
Ans: PDLs may be included in a Kansas debt consolidation program, depending on the company. Therefore, you should request an Extended Payment Plan (EPP) from your lenders. In an extended payment plan, you are allowed to pay off a bill in 4 equal installments with no extra fees or interest. However, your ability to get an EPP depends on whether your lender is a member of the Community Financial Services Association (CFSA) and if your state permits an EPP.
Q) I have multiple bills - credit cards, medical bills, and pdls. I'm also getting collection calls at odd hours. I'm afraid they may sue me and garnish my wages. How do I get out of this situation?
Ans: Since wage garnishment is legal in Kansas, your creditors can sue you and obtain a judgment that will permit them to garnish your wages. To avoid this situation, you should enroll in a Kansas debt settlement program and have your outstanding balance reduced
However, you should settle your bills only when you're in a deep financial crisis and you cannot afford to pay the principal and interest each month. If you can afford to pay on your bills every month, a consolidation program will be a much better option, as it won't hurt your credit score the way settlement does.