Dealing with debt on either side of the issue is always a headache and a hassle, unless you have the right legal help assisting you with the process. If you are on the side of ‘owing’ a debt and are being hassled by debt collectors, then call a law firm to see what steps to take to have the harassment stopped. One of the first things they will do is to ensure whether or not the debt is actually legally enforceable. Sometimes people are hassled over debts and the collectors have no legal right to practice their hassling tactics.
The lawyers at the firm you choose will know if you need to get advice concerning bankruptcy. There are certain circumstances under which this can be the best option. Here is what can happen if you have a debt you can’t pay.
Legal Actions for Creditors:
The creditor might already have a debt collection agency in their employ, or they can simply pass it on by selling that debt to some unaffiliated debt collection agency, so they can recover the debt for them. The creditor also has the right to take you to court in order to seek their debt recovery.
Creditors also have the right to :
- Report the debt to credit reporting agencies (which damages your credit rating).
- Seize and sell off any properties you may have provided as collateral against the debt.
- Exercise any and all legal rights and options in an effort to resolve the debt recovery.
Debt Disputes :
If you disagree with the creditor that you actually ‘owe’ the debt, then you have legal options as well. The first thing to do is to contact the creditor or the debt collection agency and give them your side of the story. Do it by mail in writing and keep a copy for yourself.
Here are some common reasons why a person could legally dispute a debt:
- The signed agreement is unfair according to legal standards.
- The lender did not follow all the proper procedures.
- The time limit to recover the money expired.
- When you signed that agreement you were underage.
- You didn’t sign any credit agreement that bound you legally to the debt (or somebody other than you signed it).
- You did not understand what you were doing at the time of signing the agreement (mental defect).
If you feel like you are being unfairly hassled by a lender to make payments you don’t feel you owe, then take these steps.
- Complain to that Lender
- Complain to the FOS (Financial Ombudsman Service)
- If you go to court, get legal representation to argue your case.
Always seek legal representation when the solution is not reached through your own communications with the creditor.If you would like to discuss any matter related to Debt Recovery, please contact us through phone +44(121)794 2000 or alternatively make an online inquiry and we will respond at the earliest opportunity. We are very flexible in arranging appointments and offer highly friendly and personalized service with very competitive costs.