4 Legal debt relief programs to save money and credit

In 2018, the total consumer debt amounted to $3.898 trillion, 7.6% higher from 2017. In 2019, the total credit card debt has already touched $1,067,914,000,000 figure. According to statistics, debt per citizen is $67,741. As such it can be easily concluded that people are in financial problems and they need help. Professional debt relief services help people to overcome their current financial problems without wasting any money.

What is debt relief and why should you get it?

It is nothing but partial or total forgiveness of consumer debts. When you’re overwhelmed with multiple high-interest bills due to irresponsible use of credit cards and loans, you need the help of debt relief services to lower your financial burden.

Once your bills are paid off, you can clean your credit report and take steps to improve your FICO score. Without a good credit score, you can’t qualify for a loan or credit cards at a low-interest rate.

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How do debt relief programs work?

These programs work on the principle of eliminating your debt burden in a consistent manner. Some programs work on the principle of lowering your payoff amount whereas others work on the principle of reducing your interest rates.

How do these programs work at OVLG?

  • 1 Free financial counseling: Our Financial Coach gets in touch with you and explains how does debt relief work in your case.
  • 2 Negotiation: Our Financial Coach negotiates with your creditors and tries to lower your payoff amount.
  • 3 Budgeting: Our budgeting consultant helps you to figure out the areas where you can save money and use it to pay back your creditors.

For more help with debt relief, you can call 800-OVLG-530 or visit this page.

What are the best debt relief options for paying bills?

  • 1 Credit card bills: Well, there are lots of options to get credit card debt relief. You have credit card debt settlement program to reduce your outstanding balance. If that doesn’t work for you, then enroll in a credit card debt consolidation program to lower your interest and get a budget-friendly repayment plan. Both the options help you to get rid of late fees and penalties.
  • 2 Payday loans: There are several debt relief options to pay off your payday loans. You can enroll in payday loan debt settlement program to get rid of fast cash quickly. However, if you wish to reduce the high APR, then you can enroll in a payday loan consolidation program. The best part of these programs is that they help you get rid of both legal and illegal loans. So you don’t have to worry.
  • 3 Medical bills: Debt settlement and consolidation can help you take care of medical bill payments. Medical bills are unsecured debts and they can be settled or consolidated through good companies. Usually, medical bills don’t hurt your credit score unless they go into collections and appear on the credit report. So, try to take advantage of medical debt relief programs before your unpaid hospital bills are assigned to collection agencies.

5 Legal debt relief solutions you get from OVLG

5 Legal debt relief options you get from OVLG

Budgeting and bill payment

A proper budget gives you debt relief assistance by allocating funds for timely bill payments.

Pros
  • It helps you allocate funds for bill payments
  • It forces you to avoid making unnecessary expenses
  • It helps you make regular bill payments and avoid penalties
  • It helps you to improve credit score with time
Cons
  • Inadequate fund allocation can create complications
  • Budget formulation is a time taking task

Most suitable for

Those who want to control their expenses and lead a frugal life


Debt management

The right debt management program can help you pay your bills at reduced interest rates.

Pros
  • Gives you reduced interest rates
  • Reduces your financial worries
  • Makes your credit shine with time
Cons
  • You can only pay off unsecured debts
  • You have to follow a budget

Most suitable for

Those who can manage bills after getting debt relief counseling


Debt consolidation programs

These debt relief services help you attain financial freedom through an affordable repayment plan.

Pros
  • Give you a flexible payment plan
  • Allow you to make only one payment every month
  • Reduce stress and collection calls
Cons
  • You have to change your current financial habits
  • You have to set aside an amount every month for making payments

Most suitable for

Those who can’t manage multiple bills simultaneously


Debt settlement

A good debt settlement program helps you get out of financial problems through a lower payoff amount.

Pros
  • Helps you lower outstanding balance
  • Helps you avoid collection abuse
  • Helps you kick out debt fast
Cons
  • All creditors may not agree to settle debts
  • You need to save money in a trust account

Most suitable for

Those who want to lower the payoff amount


Bankruptcy

This legal debt relief program helps you discharge your debts through Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Pros
  • Reduces your total outstanding balance through court intervention
  • Collection calls stop automatically
  • Postpones foreclosure and judgment
Cons
  • It will be there on your credit report for 7-10 years
  • Your non-exempt assets will be liquidated in case of Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Most suitable for

Those who are ready to liquidate assets and pay off debts


When is OVLG debt relief plan a good idea?

  • You don't want to pay a huge fee for managing debts
  • You wish to get credit card relief fast
  • You want to get help legally
  • You wish to work with a reputed law firm
  • You want to work with an FTC compliant firm
  • You need help to choose the best amongst debt relief plans
  • You want to get 100% refund for unsatisfactory results
  • You wish to get debt relief assistance on credit card debts, pdls, medical bills, etc.

Mon Apr, 2018 Review: Client MR1 from NY saved $2836.28

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How to choose the best debt relief programs for yourself

Lots of debt relief programs are there. But which one is the best? Here are the 4 ways to find out.

How OVLG helps you choose the best relief solution

Well, OVLG helps you choose the best option through it's unique Waterfall Approach to debt free life. This approach helps you to:

  • Know the suitable debt relief solutions for your current financial situation.
  • Choose the best solution when your financial situation changes.

Frequently asked questions

Q How does debt relief affect your credit?

Ans: It depends on the program you’re choosing. If you opt for debt settlement, your credit score may drop slightly since you’re paying less than the original amount. But you can always rebuild your credit in the following ways. Debt consolidation or management helps to improve your credit score gradually. Honestly speaking, it’s all about the utilization ratio.

If a debt solution (be it settlement or consolidation) helps to lower your overall utilization ratio (balance-to-limit ratio), then your credit score will increase. Suppose, your overall utilization ratio drops from 90% to 20% after settling or consolidating credit cards. In this scenario, your credit score will improve.

Just make sure you don’t close your credit card accounts since that would again affect your utilization ratio badly. If you have a high utilization ratio on one card, you can counterbalance by having a low overall utilization rate.

Q Do debt relief programs really work?

Ans: Usually, credit card debt relief programs work for most people. However, exceptions are always there. Here are a few ways to make these programs work for you:

  • Use our debt payoff calculator to determine how much you can pay and save.
  • Choose a program that suits your financial health.
  • Choose a good company to settle or consolidate your bills.
  • Check the online reviews of a company before picking up the phone.
  • Always ask for a written agreement and make payments accordingly.
  • Read your state laws to avoid various types of scams.

Q What is a hardship program or assistance?

Ans: Hardship programs are a bank’s loss mitigation effort for collecting debts. Usually, banks offer these programs when existing account holders fall behind their payments due to financial hardship like job loss or prolonged illness. These programs create a repayment plan as per the affordability of account holders. So it becomes easier for them to make payments.

  • Q: What happens in hardship programs?

    Ans: In a hardship program, creditors lower the interest rate, reduce fees, and pull down the minimum payment amount so that consumers can pay off the credit card balance. The idea is to help consumers and also reduce their loss margin.

  • Q: How long does a hardship program last?

    Ans: Usually, it lasts for 6 months to 1 year. In some cases, it can last permanently till the balance is paid off.

Q How much do these programs cost?

Ans: You don’t have to pay any upfront fee to OVLG for settling or consolidating your debts. All you need to pay is a success fee of 15% on the total enrolled debt. You have to pay the fee after a debt has been paid off. You have to pay a monthly consultancy fee of $50 for 30 minutes consultation with our savings consultant, tax attorney, and budgeting consultant. This fee is adjusted with the success fee after your debt is paid off. If you opt for budgeting and bill payment services, you have to pay $50 for the first 10 monthly recurring bills. Thereafter, you have to pay $5 for every extra bill.

Please note: The fee structure varies from companies to companies. OVLG charges a very nominal fee for managing your debts. But most law firms charge a higher fee for settling or consolidating your debts. Some fraudulent companies don’t even follow the FTC rules and guidelines. They charge an advance fee without doing anything. Know more about OVLG fee structure

Q What should you avoid when you’re overwhelmed by debt?

Ans:
  • Don’t ignore your secured debts for paying off unsecured ones
  • Don’t borrow against your retirement saving accounts
  • Don’t use cash-out refinancing for clearing unsecured debts
  • Don’t make hasty decisions just because collectors are harassing you
  • Don’t pay a single penny without getting a written agreement

Q Will I have to pay tax?

Ans: You have to pay tax if the creditor forgives more than $600. Suppose, you accrued a credit card debt of $20,000. Obviously, you didn’t pay any tax on that amount since that was not your income. You used the money for fulfilling your needs but didn’t pay back your creditor. Thereafter, you enrolled in a debt settlement program, negotiated with your creditors, and convinced them to reduce your payoff amount. If the creditor agrees to reduce your payoff amount to $11,000, you have to pay tax on it since the IRS will consider $9000 as your income.

Q Can you get debt relief help without paying any fee?

Ans:There are several nonprofit debt consolidation and settlement companies who can help with debt relief and discover various ways to save money without charging any fee. Some nonprofit credit counseling agencies charge a nominal fee for offering solutions that are best suited to your financial situation.

Be careful when you work with a nonprofit company because fraudsters always want to take advantage of cash-strapped consumers.

There are numerous instances where consumers have been scammed by fake nonprofit debt settlement or consolidation companies. Scammers open fake nonprofit companies to lure consumers with the promise of ‘free debt relief services'. Once consumers join the program and disclose their confidential financial information, scammers stop all sorts of communication. They use all the financial details for their own profit.

A nonprofit organization has a 501(c)(3) certification. Before working with a nonprofit organization, check if they have the mandatory 501(c)(3) certificate.

Q How can you get student loan debt relief?

Ans: Like IRS, the federal government has lots of repayment plans for the distressed borrowers. Some of them are:

  1. Federal Student Loan Consolidation
  2. Permanent Disability Discharge
  3. Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  4. Income-Driven Repayment Plans
  5. Teacher Loan Forgiveness
  6. Perkins Loan Cancellation
  7. Death Discharge
  8. Closed School Discharge

Q How can you get tax debt relief?

Ans: The IRS has the power to garnish wages or seize assets when you don’t pay tax. So it’s better to get tax debt relief before it’s too late. Here are a few options you can take advantage of:

  1. Offer in Compromise
  2. Installment Agreement
  3. Bankruptcy
  4. IRS Forgiveness Program
  5. Innocent Spouse Relief
  6. How does tax debt relief work

Q My husband and I have $30,000 in credit card debt. My monthly income is $900. Can you tell me how to deal with it? Should I consider bankruptcy or am I overthinking?

Ans: Well, you don’t need to file bankruptcy for paying off your credit card debts. There are other ways to get rid of debts. You can enroll in a debt settlement program to lower your outstanding balance. OVLG can help to reduce your debt at an affordable fee.

If you don’t want to settle your credit card, then you can use a consolidation program to pay back your creditors. A consolidation program helps you pay off debt at a lower interest through an affordable payment plan.

QHow to get debt relief near me

Ans: Google is your best friend when you're exploring options for debt relief near you. Just type ‘debt relief near me’ in the search box. Google will do the rest of your job. They will show you the list of companies that are near your location. Check out the reviews and client testimonials of those companies to know which one can give you the best resolution. Call all the companies one-by-one and ask about the fee structure, tenure of the programs, and privacy policy to make the final decision.

QWhat are the questions you should ask a debt relief counselor?

Ans: Before you make the final decision, there are a few questions you should ask a counselor to avoid getting scammed. Here are a few of them:

  1. Are you accredited or certified?
  2. How do you plan to give me relief from credit card debt?
  3. How much do you charge for your services?
  4. When can I expect to be debt free?
  5. Do you follow all the FTC rules and regulations?
  6. Do you offer free budget counseling?
  7. How can I monitor the progress of my case?
  8. What happens if I leave the program midway?
  9. Shall I get debt relief tips from you?

QHow to choose the best debt relief companies

Ans: There are various ways to choose reputable debt relief companies. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Check the total industry experience of the company
  • Read the success stories and reviews
  • Check if the company offers 100% No Result Refund Policy
  • Find out if the company is licensed and properly accreditated
  • Check if the company follows the FTC guidelines
  • Compare the free structure of the company with others
  • Know if the company has a strong privacy policy

Video script on: 4 debt relief programs to pay off debt and save money

Hi,
Welcome to OVLG. Today, we are going to talk about debt relief programs - what we offer and how do they work.
Our first debt relief program is bill consolidation.
Most people who are working with a debt relief company are in a pretty bad financial situation, mainly due to the lack of a proper budget and the inability to manage multiple bills. We, at OVLG, give you a personalized budget plan to save money and a bill consolidation program to simplify your bill payments.
In this program, we give you a single repayment plan for paying multiple bills, and that too at a low-interest rate. That makes sense because instead of paying 24% interest to credit card companies, you’ll pay anywhere between 14% to 16% to us. And, you just make 1 payment instead of 8 payments. Plus, your credit stays pretty clean.
Our next debt relief program is debt settlement
This is usually considered the best debt relief program because you pay only the negotiated debt amount. That helps you to save a lot of money. And, all you have to do is save a certain amount so that we can start negotiating with creditors as soon as possible.
Another program is a debt management plan. This program is a lot similar to bill consolidation. The only difference is that we offer a customized budget plan along with an affordable repayment plan. So you get 2 benefits at one go.
Finally, if nothing works out, you can file bankruptcy. Usually, we don’t recommend this program to our clients because there are too many laws and fees. Plus, you could end up your assets too. But then again, it’s your call
All right guys! Like always it has been a blast. So, next time, don’t feel bad when you’re in debt. A lot of us are in the same condition. Just call our Toll-Free number to get the rescue boat you have been waiting for so long.

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  • The debt settlement program typically lasts between 6 months to 4 years time.
  • At least 30% of the debt amount per creditor needs to be accumulated in the trust account for OVLG to give the creditor any settlement offer.
  • Not all creditors or debt collectors will accept a reduction in the balance, interest rate, or fees a customer owes such creditor or debt collector.
  • Pending completion of the represented debt-relief services, the customer's creditors or debt collectors may pursue collection efforts, including initiation of lawsuits.
  • That the use of the debt-relief service will likely adversely affect the consumer's creditworthiness, may result in consumers being sued by their creditors, and may increase the amount owed to creditors as a result of the accrual of additional fees and interest.
  • Savings a customer realizes from use of a debt-relief service may be taxable income.
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