Credit and Debit Cards

What happens if you are over 3000 dollars in credit card debt and cannot pay it back?

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2006-07-07 12:40:09

The company will try to get you to pay. If enough time goes by,

they'll sell your debt to a collection agency, who will do

everything they can to get as much as they can from you. Your

credit rating, of course, will go down and the debt will remain on

your credit history for seven years. Contact the lending company

and see if you can work out a payment plan. Many companies will set

up a special plan if they think you're sincere and they can make

back their money. They may also suggest a charge off, in which case

you make one lump payment that's less than the balance. However,

that reflects very poorly on a credit report. Whatever you do, keep

in touch with them and show them you're proactive in trying to

resolve the debt. * Bear in mind that either the original creditor

or the 3rd party collector has the option to sue for the amount

owed plus legal and court fees. There is often a misunderstanding

relating to credit cards being unsecured debt. Unsecured debt

simply indicates that there is not specific property being used as

collateral to secure the debt owed. The lender/creditor can execute

a judgment against all non exempt property owned by the debtor, in

many cases even that which is jointly owned by a non debtor. The

debtor should do everything possible to avoid a lawsuit!

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