There are several steps you will want to take in order to insure you have contacted the debt management corporation that will best suit your needs. You want a company that will be able to handle your situation reasonably.
Most importantly, you will want to make sure that you are contacting a legitimate debt management corporation. There are many people that are willing and able to take advantage of anyone who comes there way. You will want to check with the company to see what they do, as well as check the Better Business Bureau who keeps ratings on most companies. You will want to find one that offers the services you want as well as one that is in good standing in the business community.
If there is anything that makes you uncomfortable in your interaction with the specific agency, find another one. You do not want to entrust your money to someone that you do not trust. Beware of any corporation that appears to be pushing to sign up for their plan or who will not take the time to answer all of your questions.
You will also want to make sure that you are doing business with a company that will be able to handle all of your unsecured debt. Make sure that the debt management plan that you sign up meets your specific needs and covers all of your creditors.
Your credit counselor should be able to provide honest answers. Most importantly, you should have realistic expectations about the level of debt relief that you should experience based on your situation. Otherwise, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Legitimate debt management corporations hire and train capable and experienced counselors that will take the time to work with you. They will want to ensure that you are committed to the process and really want to escape from debt.
Once you have signed up for a debt management plan, check that the corporation is doing what they had promised that they would. Check you statements to see if the correct payments are being applied. If you have any questions or if the payment is the incorrect amount or missing, check with the debt management corporation immediately.
Be careful to ensure that you are seeking help from a reliable source, but then rest assured that you are on the path to financial peace.
Ronnica Rothe graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently enrolled at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
She is a regular contributor to educational information disseminated through Personal Financial Network. PFNI helps provide debt relief through lower credit card interest rates typically provided through their debt management plan.