How to Manage Huge Debts: Formal and Informal Options
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How to Manage Huge Debts: Formal and Informal Options

London : United Kingdom | Aug 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM PDT
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People having multiple debts often feel it difficult to track their lenders and payments. It is not easy task to track different payments of different dates from multiple lenders. Inadequate budget plans often lead to missing payments and people need to pay late payment charges. It is advised to manage your budget to make payments easier. There are both formal and informal options to manage debts. Debt management plan is an informal option and individual voluntary arrangement is formal way to manage payments.

Debt management plan: If simple budgeting is not working in your situation then it is advised to take professional help. There are several online financial bodies that can help to make your payments easier. You can take help of these professionals to prepare new payment schedule as per your affordability. Make sure that creditors accept new payment schedule. Creditors generally agree with DMP plan as it gives surety of regular payments though in lower amount. In some cases, creditors also get agree to remove associated charges and fee as well as freeze interest rates. For this, you will need to negotiate with your creditor. Other important thing regarding debt management plan is that you must have to assure your regular payments. If DMP plans fail then you may face other critical financial issues.

IVA: Individual voluntary arrangement is another option to make payments earlier in planned manner. It is formal option based on agreement between creditor and debtor. In this option, all your payments and IVA will be managed through licensed insolvency practitioner. IVA generally runs for fixed time period that is usually of five years. You will need to make regular payments to insolvency practitioner and the person will further manage the amount among your creditors accordingly. You will be free from any legal action during this period. But it is important to make regular payments for success of IVA. It is an alternative of bankruptcy.

rbsmith is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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