With a debt management company by your side, you can do more than just wade through the financial mess you are in. You can find the ladder to start climbing out. This type of company offers help in a number of ways, starting with debt analysis and budget help. Most often, these services are done for you without charge during your first meeting with the professionals you will work with, who are called debt management counselors. However, what do these services mean and how can a debt management company really know what your budget should be?
Debt Analysis: Where’s the Debt?
Once you schedule a meeting with a debt management company, the first aspect they will provide for you is an understanding of your financial situation. Bring with you as much information as you have, including your credit card account information (the name of the lender, interest rates, balance) and bring with you any other information you have on personal loans. A debt management company will only be able to help you with unsecured debt like credit cards and personal loans. With this information in hand, they will analyze your financial future looking at:
• What interest rates you are being charged
• What your minimum monthly payment is
• What your total owed debt is
• Any over the limit or credit card late payments you are making
• Which lenders you are working with
With this information, the counselors will determine if you have an opportunity to move on, based on how far late you are the amount of debt you are in and other factors.
Budget Help: Can You Pay for It?
In many situations, the next step when you are working with a debt management company is to develop a budget. They use a basic budget worksheet to consider what you are paying (it is helpful to know what your monthly bills are) and they will back up the information with an area estimate of costs. In formulating your budget, they do not come up with the information on their own. Rather, they work with you to determine what your personal costs are. This way, the right amount of money is being put towards individual debts.
From this point, the debt management company makes the key decision about whether or not you are making enough money to make payments to your lenders. If not, they may advise you to come back when you are. More than likely, they will work with you to debt a repayment plan to get you out of the debt you are in.