January 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #98: Out-of-Court Settlements as a Bankruptcy Alternative

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There are many alternatives available to those thinking of choosing bankruptcy to get rid of their debtors. One of the most popular alternatives for people who are in this situation is an out-of-court settlement. Here is a quick explanation of how an out-of-court settlement works as a bankruptcy alternative.

Instead of filing for bankruptcy, you can try to settle your debt at a reduced amount with an out-of-court action. This is a tough situation to deal with on your own, but there are independent companies that can help you negotiate with your creditors. Of primary importance is that these negotiations are handled properly. Because of the delicate nature of this process, you should opt for professional assistance with this bankruptcy alternative.

Improper negotiation in an out-of-court settlement can hurt your credit if not performed correctly. Speak with a specialist who can handle this type of bankruptcy alternative before you attempt it on your own. Help is out there, it is just up to you to take advantage of it.

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