Call them up and tell them that you would like to settle

If you call them up and tell them that you would like to settle the matter they will work with you and set up a payment plan or they will drop the interest and tell you to pay the balance. But you have to call them and let them know you want to pay.

Also, I don’t know what happens if you are being sued, but I think if they can save money by not taking it to court, they may talk to you. Contact the creditor directly, see what they can settle with you and get it in writing BEFORE you send them any money. Maybe you have a Legal Aid type thing where you live and they may be able to help you…not sure how it works. People on this board have mentioned that the remaining balance is reported as income, but I don’t know anything about it. I never settled a debt, but that is the way I would handle it.

Good Luck. Amazing how they contact everyone you have ever known. Once, a long time ago when I couldn’t pay my bills on time, the creditors called my uncle, who I wasn’t really close to but I ran his TV repair business for a month while he was out of the country. They called him asking how much money he could send them to pay my debt.

What I did was called the office that was filing the law suit. They knocked off very little, and I was able to pay the amt. they asked for in full and avoid court. I did get a paper, that said the court date was settled before hand or something like that. At first they did offer me a monthly payment plan, however, they were still going for the judgment. All I could do to avoid the judgment was pay it in full. Well, with the amount they were allowing to discount. I think it was around $400 dollars discount on a $2500 bill. So my advice is call and see what’s up to avoid going to court. If you have the $$ and that is what you want to do.

Listening to shows like ramsey et al…

I feel great when I hear/read/whatever of people getting their debt paid off. But, I also hear/read/whatever their yearly income is over  $60,000.00 and I’m only earning about $15,100.00 this last year and also about $3,000.00 from SSI this last year.

I have paid off a lot of my debts ad one of my dad’s debts when he died. I estimate it at an amount of $40,000.00 and some change total, I have $11,780.00 something (Including their interest charges and such) left to go. I’m snowballing it now. This month, I had to take my dogs for their boosters and was able to pay it off in CASH and not owe the vets’ office!! What a feeling!!!!!

I guess all I hope to say here is that if *I* could do it, there’s hope for anybody to do it.

Despite the fact I do not earn as much as those folks on the radio, I *DO* have a paid for house. IMO, this helps a lot.

Bear up folks, I broke the $3,000.00 mark on another one of my debts just today, down from $3,144.00 to $2,953.00… then I have others, but sometimes, breaking those little milestones is a big morale booster. I did go to the market and bought much needed healthy fare for my meals and lunches etc… I have to eat well due to medical needs. I was able to pay CASH for the $154.00 food list, for most of the month. All I’ll need to return for is salads, milk, bread and cereal perhaps before March.

You are doing well. Having a paid for house makes a big difference! In my opinion, if in nobody elses. That is a large chunk of money that goes out every month and not having to pay a mortgage payment is one thing I truly look forward to down the line.

I think that’s all that has saved my bacon. My folks knew with my eye damage jobs would be few and far between, so when they paid the house off and made me trustee, then owner, it saved me a lot of grief of rentals, mortgages etc.

Paragraph in the Fair Credit Act dealing with telling collectors to only contact you by mail.

Does anyone know if there is a paragraph in the Fair Credit Act dealing with telling collectors to only contact you by mail.

I think it is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that you are probably referencing. Most of the act is dedicated to
describing the proper ways a creditor can collect on a debt. I don’t think creditor’s fully adhere to it, but Section 805 of the
FDCPA basically says that if you write the creditors a certified letter to cease and desist from further communications, then they
are supposed to stop from most communications – written and oral (by phone). When you do it, they are not supposed to contact you
anymore except for limited reasons (such as required notices that they may be required by law to send you in connection with a legal
action such as a lawsuit seeking a judgment for the debt). Also, if you have an Attorney, they are supposed to communicate with them.

For more info on the FDCPA and creditor contact: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/fdc.shtm I belief the FDCPA applies ONLY to debt collectors and not original

creditors. This is a federal law. There may be state laws that apply to original creditors.