No matter how you look at it, debt is never something that anyone wants to deal with – both having it and getting rid of it – but it is a reality for the majority of the population. That being said, some individuals are able to conquer their debt problems on their own, eliminating the stress that comes with it. However, for others, when debt becomes insurmountable, turning to a debt management firm is the smartest solution. But how do you know which firm you can trust?
We have all heard the ads on the radio and seen the commercials about companies offering various debt reduction or debt elimination strategies – but not all of these are of the same ilk. Here is a list of characteristics to look for when researching the right debt management firm.
Experience – When it comes to your money, it is never a good idea to just go with the first company you find. Make sure that the firm you choose to work with has the experience and reputation to back you up. Is it a new business, one taking advantage of higher than average Canadian consumer debt levels, or is it one that has years of professional experience under their belt? The choice should be obvious here.
Options – Make sure that the company you choose to go with can offer you a number of different options for debt relief. A company that deals solely in bankruptcy is never the right choice. Make sure that your options are explained to you in a way that you understand, and that in the end the choice is left up to you. Ask questions and get the pros and cons (there are always both).
Consultation – The right company should offer some form of consultation, and the best companies will offer this for free. If you call a company and a solution is set up for you without any consultation at all, chances are that company does not have your best interests at heart. Thoroughly working through your unique situation is the only way to reach a realistic and achievable solution, so make sure that this is offered.
Code of Ethics – If the company you choose doesn’t have a code of ethics, you may not be as protected as you should be. Having a set standard to follow means that your information is protected, that you are getting fair and unbiased treatment, and that you are being given the tools to create an enduring plan for financial stability no matter the route you choose to take.
Stop stressing about your debt and solve the problem. The right debt management firm can help you – just make sure that it is a reputable one with the experience to get the job done right!
To find out about the debt management solutions available to you, from a firm that you can trust, please contact DebtCare Canada today by calling 1 (888) 890-0888.