Filing bankruptcy has a one -time negative impact on your credit, but you otherwise have a clean slate regarding your discharged debt and may immediately begin reestablishing good credit after filing.
Debt Consolidation stops the prior negative reporting and as long as you pay the new loan faithfully will begin to establish new good credit.
As you pay on the old debts you continually add negative late pay history to your credit and that hurts your credit score.
All credit card and unsecured debt acquired in good faith is dischargeable.
You still owe a debt, yet on a new loan. The new loan must be repaid.
You must pay the negotiated portion of the Credit Card debt and the monthly fees of the settlement company.
Lawyer's bankruptcy services and are supervised by the federal courts and the State Bar.
Some debt consolidation companies are reputable and may be regulated by the State or Federal agencies, but many consumers complain of mistreatment and fraud. There is no federal agency supervising these companies.
Some debt settlement companies are reputable but many consumers complain of mistreatment and outright fraud. Generally, this is an unregulated industry.
Attorney's fee are disclosed and supervised by the courts and U.S. Trustee's Office. You know how much attorney's charge before you file.
You pay interest on the new loan, upfront fees to the debt consolidation company and penalties for late payments. Therefore, it's not possible to know exactly what fees/interest will be charged.
You pay the settlement company monthly fees for an extended period before any of your money is applied to your loans. Therefore, it's difficult to determine the full cost.
No taxes are due for discharged debts. Debt collectors often misrepresent this fact.
You must pay additional taxes if the debts are settled for an amount less than what you originally owed.
You must pay additional taxes if the debts are settled for an amount less than your originally owed.