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.

1. consolidation program:

Here, you enroll with a Kansas debt consolidation company or debt management company that coordinates with your creditors to get you low interest rates and reduce or eliminate late payment fees and over-limit charges imposed on credit card balances. With this kind of program, you can combine multiple bills into one debt and pay them off at a low interest rate. So, with Kansas debt consolidation, you can:
  1. Get low interest rate on your credit accounts.
  2. Replace multiple bills with one monthly payment.
  3. Have late fees and over-limit charges reduced or erased.

To learn how this kind of program works, refer to the steps in a consolidation program.

2. Consolidation loan

If your credit report doesn't have too many negative items (such as collections, charge-offs, etc.), you may qualify for a Kansas debt consolidation loan. You can use this loan amount to pay off the balances on your existing accounts. However, it doesn't make you completely debt-free as you need to pay off the consolidation loan in small monthly payments over a long period of time (10-15 years). Know more...

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:

  1. You pay less than you owe
  2. You can get rid of bills in about 2-4 years
  3. 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.

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