What Can a Debt Counsellor Do For You?

When we build a house, we do not ask a baker to build the foundation. Nor would we attempt to build the foundation ourselves. Just so, debt counsellors are extensively and continuously trained under strict regulations to formulate the best possible path forward for you to become debt free.

Debt counselling is a legal process that should only be undertaken with the guidance of a qualified debt counsellor. The process involves working with a debt counsellor who will assess your financial situation and develop a debt repayment plan that is tailored to your needs.

They negotiate with your creditors to reduce your monthly payments and interest rates and help you make payments on time. This structured approach is designed to help you manage your debt more effectively and regain control of your finances by becoming debt free.


What is Debt Counselling

Debt counselling is a structured process designed to assist individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties. At its core, debt counselling involves working with a qualified professional to develop an affordable repayment plan for managing and ultimately eliminating debt. Debt counsellors provide comprehensive guidance, tailored to affordable debt consolidation and the specific needs of each client.

Attempting to undergo debt review without a debt counsellor would not only be against the legal framework set out by the National Credit Act but also potentially detrimental to achieving a favourable outcome. The expertise, negotiation skills, and legal knowledge of a qualified debt counsellor are crucial components of the debt review process. They ensure that the debt repayment plan is both realistic and legally binding, providing protection from legal action by creditors and potentially leading to more favourable repayment terms. Their role is essential in facilitating the process, from initial assessment to the final restructuring of debt payments​​.


Debt Counsellor Assessment 

One of the primary functions of a debt counsellor is to conduct a thorough assessment of an individual’s financial situation before deciding whether debt counselling is a suitable option.

This involves reviewing income, expenses, debts, and other relevant factors to gain a clear understanding of your financial situation. By delving into the details, a debt counsellor can identify whether you are over indebted and eligible for debt review.

Debt Rescue can assist you with this obligation free assessment at no cost to you.


Negotiation with Creditors  

Debt counsellors act as intermediaries between clients and their creditors, negotiating on your behalf to secure more favourable terms. This can include negotiating lower interest rates, extended repayment periods, or even reduced principal amounts in some cases.

By leveraging their expertise and industry connections, debt counsellors can often achieve significant savings for their clients, making debt repayments more manageable and sustainable.


Legal Protection 

Debt counsellors offer legal protection to individuals undergoing the debt counselling process through a legal court order.

Once a client enters debt counselling, creditors are legally prohibited from taking further legal action against them, such as initiating debt collection proceedings or repossession efforts. This “breathing space” allows clients to focus on implementing their financial plans without the added stress of creditor harassment or legal threats.


Ongoing Support 

The journey to financial stability is rarely straightforward, and setbacks can occur along the way. Debt counsellors provide ongoing support to help clients stay on track with their financial plans. Whether it’s adjusting budgets, renegotiating with creditors, or providing support during challenging times, debt counsellors are there to offer guidance and encouragement every step of the way.

The ultimate decision falls on the consumer, whether or not they want to get their finances on track and become debt free. If you find that you are ready to journey towards becoming debt free, contact us now.


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