What is a Debt Management Plan
A debt management plan is an agreement between an individual and their creditors. This agreement aims to grant a set monthly payment. The plans are managed by companies known as debt management plan operators or providers, who take the role of the negotiators between the creditors and manage the payments on their client's behalf. More specifically a Debt Management Plan (DMP) provides the opportunity to individuals to make reduced repayments to their lenders over an extended period of time. Payments will continue to be made until the debt is cleared in full or until one is able to make the full repayments again. The repayments are based on what the individual can afford after a sensible income and everyday expenditure has been drawn up.
Choosing a Debt Management Company
It is essential to make a wise choice, as the market out there is very competitive. When choosing a debt management company one should bear in mind that offers for these services vary significantly. Some of them charge initial fees for consultations, while others would pass the cost to the creditors, in order to save the individual from having to pay upfront fees. The debt management company should also be able to send out regular statements so that individuals can keep a track record of payments and progress. This is vital in order to be sure that the payments to the creditors are actually being sent out regularly and are not simply gaining interest for the debt management company. It is sensible to enter a debt management plan only if one has some extra money available every month once all their essential expenses have been deducted. To attain a clear view of the situation interested individuals should carefully review their budget, including monthly income and all essential monthly household expenses such as a mortgage, rent, utility bills etc.
Debt management experts will firstly review the individual's finances; and then give appropriate advice and a debt management solution will be proposed based on individual circumstances. The client will no longer have to deal with creditors or make more payments than they can afford. The payments will be re-evaluated frequently so that any changes to the situation can be taken under consideration. People with financial problems will only have to make one payment per month which will allow them to have better control of their finances. Moreover some creditors may agree to freeze interest and charges on particular debts and may stop other possible action, like taking someone to court. If someone manages to complete the plan all their unsecured debts will be cleared, but the most important advantage is the fact that individuals will regain their peace of mind. They will no longer be contacted by creditors or debt collectors.