How to Respond When Debt Goes to Collections?
‘Debt’ is one word that everyone dreads. If you are the one to face a string of debts, be sure to get calls from debt collectors asking for payment if the amount exceeds the limit. Before you pay the debt amount, it is necessary to know how it happens. While you need to know why your debt goes to collections, you must know how to respond to the collection notice. Talk to Nelson, Cooper, & Ortiz to find out how they deal with businesses that are in severe debt.
How debt goes to collections?
Debt collection is a long process that begins when you stop paying for the loans and usually begins about 30 days after the last date. If the payments are left unpaid for a long time, your accounts may be termed delinquent. It is then that you start receiving calls from debt collectors. Typically, the collectors and the company give up on the attempts of collection. The creditor may sell the debts to collection agency services and you may receive notices from them.
How to respond when your debt goes to collection?
Are you in deep trouble with a string of debts? Do not rush to any decision and make the situation worse. Here is how to deal with a Houston commercial collection agency.
Get the facts right
Do not feel overwhelmed when the agencies contact you and try to get a letter of validation from them. Verify the details mentioned in the letter, such as your age, the amount you owe, and your debt history. Besides, you need to go through the credit reports to find out whether the details in the validation letter match it or not.
Choose a roadmap
You cannot get rid of the debts overnight but preparing a roadmap helps you handle the situation better when your debt goes to collection.
- You have several different ways to pay your debts. However, you must not expose your bank details to the agency; rather work out a settlement plan with them and get it in writing so that you can hold them responsible.
- If the debt amount quoted against your name is not yours, you get the opportunity to dispute the amount or if you have already repaid a chunk of it.
Call the agency
If you are ready to deal with the debt recovery services once you evaluate the amount and come up with a plan, call them. When communicating with them over the phone, you can take notes on the information and remember the name of the person you are speaking to.
Negotiating the debt on your own or calling the collector can be intimidating. If you are already feeling distraught with debts, try to get help from third-party services. At Nelson, Cooper & Ortiz, we work with attorneys and help businesses come out of the debt situation. Call us at (713) 360-6645, if you are finding it hard to handle past overdue accounts.