Should I hire a debt collector or a lawyer?
Should I hire a debt collector or a lawyer? Some debt collection experts recommend hiring a debt collection attorney anytime a nonpaying client owes you $5,000 or more. In general, as long as a debt is large enough that the cost of legal representation seems worth it to proceed to court, hiring an attorney is a good move.
How can I get out of paying a collection agency?
- Don’t Wait for Them to Call. Consider picking up the phone and calling the debt collector yourself.
- Check Them Out.
- Dump it Back in Their Lap.
- Stick to Business.
- Show Them the Money.
- Ask to Speak to a Supervisor.
- Call Their Bluff.
- Tell Them to Take a Hike.
Can I ask a collection agency to settle for less? Believe it or not, though, it’s possible to negotiate with a collection agent and end up paying less than you owe. Why is that? Because the collection agency bought the original debt from your creditor, most likely for a substantial discount. That means they don’t have to recover the entire amount to make a profit.
What will collection agencies settle for? Typically, a creditor will agree to accept 40% to 50% of the debt you owe, although it could be as much as 80%, depending on whether you’re dealing with a debt collector or the original creditor. In either case, your first lump-sum offer should be well below the 40% to 50% range to provide some room for negotiation.