How To Get Debt Consolidation Online

Many people experiencing difficulties with debt and seeking professional help will be wondering about the best way to get debt consolidation online. It’s true that most mainstream businesses now have an online presence, and the growing debt management sector is no exception. The advantage of looking for something online is that dubious businesses tend not to do well on the search engines, so companies which are prominent in the natural search engine results will probably be well regarded and professional.

When getting advice for debt consolidation online you’ll be wanting advice on two main options. The first option is a straightforward consolidation loan. While this seems an attractive proposition at first it does hold terrors a bit further down the line; even though the idea of consolidating all your payments into one big payment with a lower interest rate may appear to be good, that loan is more likely than not to be secured against your property, so if you default your home will be at risk. So unless you can really afford to meet those payments over the long term, don’t even consider it.

The other option when you seek debt consolidation online is an actual debt management plan with a qualified insolvency practitioner or IP. In the United States this is known as a debt consolidation plan and in the United Kingdom it can be referred to in its highest form as an individual voluntary arrangement or IVA (known as a Protected Trust Deed, or PTD, in Scotland). An IVA is an immensely powerful instrument and is legally binding. In recent years it has become known as the painless alternative to personal bankruptcy, with none of the stigma associated with that.

What such a plan does is to take the whole amount of the debt and reduce it by up to 70 per cent (some businesses have adverts claiming to reduce this by up to 95 per cent but this is extremely unlikely and you should give these companies a wide berth). As long as more than two thirds of your creditors (by capital sum) agree to this then the debt is slashed by this amount and you will suddenly feel the burden of most of your debt disappear.

Your debt consolidation online company will have skilled negotiators who will liase with your creditors. Once such a plan is put into effect it will be legally binding, and nobody apart from your IP will be allowed to contact you about your debt. That includes your creditors or any agents they may appoint, including debt collectors and the like. If they contact you about your debt, even if it is a phone call made by mistake, that is against the law and you may then take them to court over it. They are simply not allowed to contact you again.

Your debt consolidation company will then work out an affordable monthly payment and apply this to your everyday household budget. After an agreed length of time, usually five years, your debt will be paid off completely and you will be able to start rebuilding your credit rating again. You will actually be able to start living a normal life as soon as the consolidation plan is put into effect, from day one.