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Is a Debt Consultant the Right Move for You?

By: Michael Millington

Handling debt can be an inherent behavior, brought on just from having debt to begin with. Knowing that you owe money to a lender can be enough to make you want to pay it off. However, there are many instances where you simply cannot bring yourself to make the necessary payments to rid yourself of debt. Whether it doesn’t count as a priority or you don’t have the funds to do so, not everyone has the ability to whittle their debt down to nothing. But there is a difference between perception and reality, and this can make all the difference. Where you might not see the solution to your debt, a debt consultant can find one. But is a debt consultant your instant debt solution? Here we will discuss the benefits (and disadvantages) of having a debt consultant.


How Can a Debt Consultant Benefit You

Debt consultants work much like a financial advisor. If you have a massive amount of debt, a debt consultant can help you organize your debts into an easily payable schedule. Noting which debts take priority over others is a strong point of having a consultant involved. Some things that a consultant can discern is how you can leverage your monthly income into frequent debt payments. Taking certain things into consideration (like interest rates, late fees, and lender leniency) is the job of a debt consultant, and this can help you assess your debt in a new light. So long as you have a steady flow of income, you can be a part of a debt relief strategy that will cater to your needs.


How Can a Debt Consultant Hinder You

As with any financial professional, a consultant needs to be paid to provide services. The only case where this is not necessarily true is with a credit counselor. There are some credit counselors that offer their services for free. They will help you organize your debts, but it will be up to you to follow their advice. You’re never under any obligation to use their advice. While a professional debt consultant can provide similar advice, they will be more involved in your debt elimination process due to being paid to do so.

Adding another payment to your existing debt can also exasperate your limited funds. This can potentially put you in a deeper financial hole than when you started. In order to avoid this, be sure to know what you’re getting into with a debt consultant. Know what their guarantees are and whether you’re contracted to them for a certain period of time.