The Debt Negotiation Process

By: Robert Zangrilli


The debt negotiation process is a strategic and a timely matter. There are many contributing factors to consider, in order of ACHIEVING successful negotiations. First off, you must verify the delinquency status. A creditor is more likely to engage in negotiations according to the age of the account, in an attempt to avoid a net loss. (A debt is written off around 180 days to 220 days) During that time period, you can achieve a significantly lower settlement offer. Once the debt has been written off, it is no longer an active asset. At that point, the original value of the debt has depreciated, and the creditor must recovery net gain in order gain profit and maintain a financial relationship with investors. In order to obtain a net gain, the creditor must either employ a collection agency at a fraction of the cost, or sell the debt to debt buyer. Secondly, if the debt has to be negotiated with a collection agency or debt buyer, the third-party collectors are directly regulated by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act administered by the Federal Trade Commission.

It's for these reasons that consumers oftentimes seek the help of a debt negotiation company. Professional debt negotiators are thoroughly trained and learn effective and strategic negotiations skills to arbitrate debt settlement with creditors, collectors and attorneys on behalf of the consumer. Professional debt negotiations is the most effective alternative to reduce the total outstanding balance on an average of 40%; the payback is considerably less and the time frame for the payback is shorter; which enables the consumer to regain control over their personal finances, rather than just reducing interest and fees.

© 2007 Robert Zangrilli. All rights reserved.

Robert Zangrilli is the CEO of Franklin Debt Relief, a debt negotiation company headquartered in Chicago that specializes in providing a bankruptcy alternative through credit settlement services.