Can Unsecured Debts Be Settled?

An unsecured debt is a debt where there is no collateral. Unsecured debts include medical bills, credit cards, department store cards, personal loans, collection accounts, student loans, amounts remaining after foreclosure or repossession, and bounced checks. There are a few creditors who will never compromise, but most will take a less­than­full payment as settlement­in­full to close a troublesome account. (Utility companies, however, rarely settle for less than the full balance.)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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