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Debt Management a.k.a. Consumer Credit Counseling
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Credit Counseling & Debt Management Attorneys
Often confused with debt consolidation, debt management is an option that is offered through Consumer Credit Counselors (CCC). CCC will help to lower the interest rates on most of their client’s accounts. A lower interest rate can reduce the amount of time it takes to get out of debt. With debt management programs, clients do not pay their creditors directly each month, but rather make payments to the CCC’s who then disperse money directly to creditors on their client’s behalf. With debt management plans, you only make one payment a month to your CCC, which is why this choice is often confused with a form of debt consolidation.
Credit and Debt Counseling Plans
Debt management is an excellent alternative to debt settlement in New York. While also referred to as Consumer Credit Counseling, Credit and Debt Counseling is very often confused with Debt Consolidation, but both are in fact different choices offered by our debt lawyers and affiliates. The reason for the confusion between the two different debt relief options is that they both provide the result of one monthly payment and lower interest rates than the rates currently being paid by a person struggling in debt.
Debt Consolidation is a loan that is taken out to pay off one or more other debts and therefore there would be a new company that is owed money. Debt management plans differ in that there is no loan but rather a negotiation to lower the interest rates that you are currently paying.
Debt management may also be confused for Debt Settlement, which is a debt relief option that also offers one monthly payment. The main difference among others between debt settlement and debt management is that Debt Settlement lowers the principal balance to be paid back by the client and debt management there is no reduction of the principal balance. In other words with credit and debt counseling, you will pay back the full amount owed and will continue to pay interest on top of the principal balance.
The main benefit of credit and debt counseling plans is the interest rates charged are lower, and therefore someone in debt would pay back less overall by the time the balance is eventually paid off, as opposed to paying the cards off at the higher interest rates.
How Do Debt Counseling or Debt Management Plans Work?
To enroll in a debt management plan you need to show that you are undergoing a significant hardship that is causing your current credit card payments to cause financial hardship. Your acceptance into the program is based on your hardship, monthly budget, and creditor accounts. If accepted you would have the convenience to begin making one monthly payment to our credit counselors instead of monthly payments to each of your creditors for each account you may have. Our counselors would, in turn, would pay each of your creditors an amount each month in a specified order. Being that you would have qualified and enrolled, the interest rates paid would be lowered. Each creditor has different rates through this type of program so it is virtually impossible to tell what your new rates and payments would be through Credit and Debt Counseling without undergoing an evaluation.
For a lower monthly payment, Credit and Debt Counseling is NOT the best option.
Unfortunately, the monthly payments in a debt management plan are similar to the minimums on your credit cards and in numerous cases even higher. It’s important to understand that the function of a debt management plan is NOT to lower the monthly payments but is to lower the interest rates. If the payments were lowered in addition to the interest rates being lowered, then you would be in the same situation of paying forever because there would still be little to no money going towards the principal balance. The reason the debt management plans work for those that can afford them is because the rates are lowered while the payments stay relatively similar to what they were hence more of what is being paid each month goes towards reducing the balance as opposed to going towards interest.
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Some credit card companies and many other types of creditors such as medical bills, payday loans, cash advances, student loans, casino markers, deficiency balances for foreclosures and repossessed vehicles, etc. do not negotiate with us with this particular option, so we look at choices like debt settlement or bankruptcy instead.
If you are too far behind on your monthly payments or your monthly payment into the monthly counseling plan will be extremely high to the point where many times it is prohibitively expensive and other choices like debt settlement, which offers lower payments, need to be discussed.
A person caught in the credit card trap is not usually a good candidate for Credit and Debt Counseling plans. Some in the credit card trap is described as follows:
- Paying all their disposable income each month towards the minimums on their credit cards,
- they then do not have enough funds to purchase their necessities in cash,
- so, in turn, they need to use their cards again to buy their goods and services.
- The new monthly credit card billing statement comes in, and the minimum payments go back out. The cycle repeats
Although Credit and Debt Counseling can work well for certain people in certain situations, we only recommend this debt relief option to those that fit all four of the following circumstances.
- not currently using their credit cards
- have a steady source of income
- have savings to fall back on in case that steady income dries up
- no need to use credit in the future as this option will close the accounts that are enrolled.
Debt Relief Alternatives to Debt Management or Credit Counseling
The below options each have their own benefits and drawbacks, however, each will get you out of debt as opposed to a balance transfer which will only change who you owe.
If you’re on time with your debt payments, have good enough credit or, assets to use as collateral, you may be able to combine all your debts into one new loan at a lower interest rate. Through our network of lenders, we can try to help if you want to try to borrow your way out of debt.
Experiencing a financial hardship and past due on your creditor payments? Our No Upfront Fee Debt Settlement service can reduce your outstanding balances to help get you out of debt in as quick as 1 to 60 months! Rather than lower your interest rates, we’ll actually reduce your total debt.
Bankruptcy is a last resort to help save you or your business from drowning in debt. For individuals, we offer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings, and for businesses, we offer Chapter 7 and Chapter 11. We can help determine if you’re qualified and can get you the fresh start you’re looking for.
How Dramer Law Handles Our Debt Relief Cases
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Free Consultation, Fact Finding, & Financial Analysis
When you call our firm, we will want to know how and when your financial hardship began as well as what the current status is, to get a better understanding of what you are experiencing. Our staff is trained to ask the right questions to make sure that no stone in your financial picture goes unturned. Any representative that will speak with you will have a minimum of 10 years experience
We analyze your current financial situation including your assets and liabilities as well as your current cash flow, allowing us to narrow down our services more specific to what you can afford. This step is critical in any of our processes as we ensure that whatever service we recommend will be within your budget and therefore you’re more likely to succeed.
Full Disclosure, Recommendation, & Customization
There are multiple options for each problem we encounter so based on your analysis; we will then tailor fit the best option to the individual needs of your budget. We will explain in great detail all aspects of each process including the risks & fees – not just how much money you can save. Nothing will be hidden from you as we are a full disclosure law firm.
Our Relief Specialists are NOT Paid a Commission so there will be no sales pressure at our law firm. There is no obligation to retain our services. You will be given all the facts you need, and then you will be given plenty of time to think things over. Debt relief is an important decision, and we won’t rush you! We have worked hard over the years to earn the reputation we have by giving honest advice to those in need rather than the advice that benefits our bottom line!
Limited Power of Attorney & Authorization to Communicate
Lenders are Sent Notice of our Representation
Once retained, we immediately send a copy of our Limited Power of Attorney to your creditors, debt-collectors, or attorneys. Sending notice of representation is the first step in curbing any creditor or collector calls you may be receiving. We do not want you to be harassed – we’ll take over the calls for you.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
Once any third party servicer, debt collector, debt purchaser, collection attorney, foreclosure attorney, etc. receive our Limited Power of Attorney, they are obligated to contact us directly on your behalf. Failure to do so is a violation of the FDCPA, and we will sue them for you. There is no fee charged to you if we do not win your case, and if we do win, you can win up to $1,000 per violation, and the collector in violation will pay our attorney fees for you. It’s basically free money!
We Get the Job Done!
We are Incentivized to Perform
Our mortgage negotiation services are offered a fee structure as such that you pay part of the fee when retaining our firm and part of the fee only if we’re successful. The success fee helps ensure we are incentivized, so you’ll know we have your best interests in mind. We don’t benefit from getting you to hire our law firm, but instead, we benefit when we get the job done for you. You pay for our performance – and that’s what we do – we perform! We never agree to anything without first consulting with you and getting your approval. It is your debt and your money, so you have the final say in all of our negotiations
We Work Efficiently & Quickly
The combination of our experience, well-trained representatives, long hours, and state of the art software, allow us to accomplish more in any given day than most other firms only dream about. This can be said for ANY service we offer from negotiations to litigation to bankruptcy. We work quickly on your behalf as the longer you delay with a deed in lieu of foreclosure, the more fees your lender will charge. We will be in touch with you throughout the process to keep you informed and are available when you need us.
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At The Law Offices of Kenneth H Dramer PC, before we make any recommendations, our debt lawyers, certified debt relief specialists, and paralegals are trained to ask the right questions to find out about your specific situation. Based on your current income and your financial hardship, we will determine which course of action will work best for you. We do not only offer one path, as no one process can solve everyone’s needs. We will take our time with you and help evaluate what your best course of action should be. CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATION and one of our advisors will be there to get you started on your path to financial freedom. There is no obligation to enroll, so don’t delay.
One way or another, we can help!
Why Choose Dramer Law for Your Debt Relief Needs?
Debt is Our Specialty
Other companies and law firms offer debt relief – we specialize in it! We do not offer any services that aren’t strictly related with clients that are struggling financially so our clients have unique needs, compared to those of other law firms, that we can cater to. We offer all debt relief options and we service our clients like family. You should never settle for less when trying to settle for less!
Since our clients don’t have tons of money to spare like attorneys that practice in other areas of law, we charge low fees making our services affordable for anyone that needs help. Unless your case involves one of our attorneys having to go to court, our negotiation service fees are flat fee based not charged hourly.
One on One Client Service
All of our client relationships are One on One. You’ll have one individual client service representative that will be your point of contact and you’ll build a relationship with them so they’ll know exactly what you are going through. Aside from treating you with the upmost care possible, this means you won’t have to deal with multiple people and re-explain your situation to a different person each time you call. This saves time for you and eliminates any extra stress for you as time is money and being stress free is just as important as being debt free!
Client Service Response Time
All of our attorneys, paralegals, and negotiators are dedicated to providing the best possible experience, while achieving results. We are available long hours but should we happen to be unavailable for any reason we pride ourselves on returning calls and emails right away, not several days later like most attorneys.
Many companies do nothing for the high fees they charge. We have heard many horror stories. These companies aren’t proactive, they put no effort into negotiations, they don’t even return your calls let alone calls from collectors! These actions cause collectors to seek other measures to collect, often meaning lawsuits. We typically work repeatedly with the same companies and are known for resolving accounts so therefore have a great reputation with industry lenders and collectors. This benefits you when we contact these companies on your behalf, they know the accounts will get resolved and therefore we are usually able to avoid legal action!
Many times, when we successfully get our clients out of debt, they still need assistance with other areas of their financial life. We offer many different services for those struggling with debts including Business Debt Relief, Mortgage Relief, Tax Relief, & Student Loan Relief. When Debt is the Problem – We Have the Answers!
The court proceedings were annulled, and agreeable working terms were consolidated with my creditors
I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Very sharp and on point. Their price is very reasonable.
“Like most people bankruptcy never crossed our mind. My husband and I owed a lot of debt due to closing of our business, but we still tried to payoff debtors little by little. Until we got hit with a summons from the court ( for over 100K lawsuit). We research all over the internet and called many law firms and layers. Many of them ask what we want to do?.. We wouldn’t of call if we know what to do. And some offered hardship /debt relief or settle your debt for less.. no matter what you call it at the end you still have to pay the creditors, the debts collectors and the lawyer. In our case there is no way we can payoff everything. Many random phones calls later, we were fortunate to come acrossed Mike, he has explained to us bankruptcy doesn’t mean we will lose our house or car. As couple we are able keep certain amount of assets. We were also worried about our credit score, the bankruptcy record will stay in your record for 7 years ( our score were poor anyway). There aren’t that many reviews on the internet about them and like most people we’re not sure if we can trust them. Give Mike a call and a chance, his very sharp and on the point. Their price is very reasonable. Bankruptcy was the best choice we made and the cheapest way out. Now half year later we are debt free, no need to worry from phone calls from debts collectors. Get to keep our house and car, even our credit score went up. Don’t understand why we didn’t do it sooner I guess we were like a lot others going day by day try to be nice by paying off little by little. Thanks!” JC, Queens, NY. 7-7-2017
They were extremely professional and made the process easy
“The Law Offices of Kenneth H. Dramer P.C Attorneys at Law were efficient in handling by bankruptcy case. They were extremely professional and made the process easy! I highly recommend them.” – Jamie M. Seaford, NY 5-30-2017
They're highly recommended
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you
“I just wanted you to know it has been an absolute pleasure working with you. You never made me feel harried, pressured or overly anxious about paying off my bills. I wish everyone would be like that. Thank you again & i hope you don’t mind if i touch base with you the future, just to give you updates on how things are going. Be well.” Mary R. Bayshore, NY 4-30-2018
I would highly recommend Dramer Law for your debt settlement needs
“I would highly recommend Dramer Law for your debt settlement needs. A few years ago my husband and I had accrued entirely too much debt and no matter how hard we worked or how much we tried, we were unable to keep up with our bills and making the minimum payments was getting us nowhere. The best decision we could have made was to begin the debt settlement process. Most of the debt was in my name so I contacted Dramer Law . I have been extremely pleased with the efficient, attentive, reliable service provided by Michael Sininsky. I was initially hesitant to enter into any debt settlement program but now, without hesitation, I will say it was the best decision I could have made . From the initial consultation and throughout the entire process ,Michael patiently and fully explained everything. Any questions I had were addressed rapidly and any messages I left were returned promptly. I/we started out with $87,555.84 total debt and ended up paying back $26,020.71. That’s a savings of $61, 000.500 , or a 70% discount off our balances. I’m so happy we decided to go with Dramer Law and cannot thank Michael enough for all his hard work and professionalism. Any fees paid to Dramer Law were very fair and minimal compared to what I was paying to the credit card companies each month. Being debt free is such a relief- now we can move forward and put our money toward our kids college educations and save for our future.I am happy to recommend them and am so glad I contacted them a few years ago. Sincerely, Susan M.” Commack, NY 3-27-2018
We would highly recommend their services for debt reduction and settlement rate negotiations
Your promptness, efficiency, and trustworthiness have always been beyond my imagination.
“Thank you very much. Your promptness, efficiency, and trustworthiness have always been beyond my imagination. Perhaps I will be like that one day (in another life).” Peter L Valley Stream, NY 3-2-17
Thanks for being so helpful
Not only did you get me out of debt but you gave me a freedom that can’t be described.
Thank you so much for your help. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – you are greatly appreciated!!
“When I initially called, I spoke to Mike. I want to say, he immediately put my mind at ease. He explained your retainer fee; that costs for filing papers; phone calls, and other incidentals, would be deducted from that fee and, if any fees were due at the end of the process, I would be liable for those additional fees. Mike was able to work with me, keep me calm and focused, and I have gone from being in foreclosure to NOT being in foreclosure!! I’m so relieved. Mike spent time communicating with me either by e-mail or phone. He kept me up-to-date about the process of this whole mess I got myself into and he was truly a comfort to me these past few months. I hope other staff in your office are as efficient and compassionate as Mike is. He’s truly an asset to your business. Mike – Thank you so much for your help. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – you are greatly appreciated!!” – Susan F. Copaigue, NY. 6-13-16
I was very pleased…
I am very grateful….highly recommended
Very extremely effective in working with me to reduce my consumer debt
Excellent, excellent service. Highly recommended.
Please accept our gratitude for all your help
I’m very happy
“I think you and the company basically do a good job and I appreciate it. As I mentioned before the only thing is I’m interested to see when the payments I’ve made start showing up on my credit report as it’s still very low. Overall, though, I’m very happy.” Mike S. Baldwin, NY 8-3-15
I would highly recommend this firm to anyone going through financial difficulty and need good advice.
“I was so happy to have been represented by the law firm of Kenneth H. Dramer. They were so helpful at a very difficult financial time in my life. They advised me every step of the way through the difficult process of bankruptcy. If I had any questions or concerns they would answer any questions very quickly and patiently. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone going through financial difficulty and need good advise. ” Lillian L. Queens, NY 7-20-2015