You did it!
You have just taken the first step to financial freedom! A debt relief counselor from Guardian Debt Relief will be contacting you shortly to talk to you about your debt and to plan the next steps.
In the meantime, feel free to give us a call with any questions you may have!
What Happens Now?
First: We will assess your financial situation and determine your potential for debt reduction. We will then consult with you to understand your goals and evaluate your creditors, and design a customized program that fits your needs.
Second: We will work with you to determine an affordable monthly payment which will be saved and used to negotiate your outstanding debt. This monthly amount may be significantly less than your current minimum payments and will be applied toward resolving your debt (not simply paying credit card interest charges). These monthly funds will be saved every month in a new account that you have full control of. Once you establish an affordable monthly program payment, you will get an estimate of your savings potential and program length. Most programs average between two and three years, although individual results may vary.
Third: After your funds have accumulated we will contact your creditors to negotiate your outstanding debt balances. During this settlement and resolution phase of your program we will stay in touch with you and keep you informed of any changes in your situation.
Fourth: You will be asked to authorize each settlement once it is successfully negotiated with your creditor.
Fifth: After the full settlement amount is paid, your creditors may report to the credit rating bureaus that you have settled your accounts with them. You will have zero balance on these accounts. You may be required to report the amount of debt forgiven on your tax return. You should consult your tax advisor whether the insolvency provision is applicable to you.