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Debt relief, debt collection practices and consumer rights

Owing a significant amount of debt can have negative implications on many aspects of a person’s life. It can lead to difficulties that include accumulating debt, calls from debt collectors and more. One specific possibility is learning that the bill was sent to a collection agency. Tennessee consumers will find it beneficial to learn what this means for them and what debt relief options may be available to them.

Learning that a bill was turned over to a collections agency can be overwhelming. At this point, a person has a few options if he or she cannot go ahead and pay the bill in full. When a collections agency has a bill, representatives will start calling, and this can be both annoying and stressful for a person who is probably already worried about finances. After validating the debt, a person may want to try and work out a payment plan with the collections agency. This is a step toward making the calls stop.

When it’s not possible to satisfy a debt or make payments, debt relief from other sources may be appropriate. It is smart for a Tennessee consumer to be wary of companies that promise to help with debt, instead seeking guidance from a reliable and trusted legal advocate. If alternatives do not work, a person may then want to consider the benefits of bankruptcy. 

Bankruptcy is a process that allows a person to discharge certain types of debt. While it is not the best option for everyone, it can be beneficial in situations in which debt is too overwhelming or other debt relief options were not effective. A person can seek an evaluation of his or her case to learn more about the benefits of this step. 

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