Debt collectors don’t work independently; they are hired by companies and attorneys to help them to track debtors for repaying their loans. The companies pay a percentage of the amount retrieved from the debtor depending on the contract
This article aims to introduce you to the debt collection agency so you understand how they function. Interacting with a debt collector can be a little intimidating so with this article, we hope you’d understand why they do what they do. It will help you in smoothing your conversation with them.
The business of Debt Collection
Debt collection agencies collect all type of delinquent debts. Be it credit card debt, medical debt, loan debt, etc. Debt collecting agencies have expertise in collecting debts from the debtors but they make sure that they follow the rules and regulations of the state.
Some debts that turn out to be difficult to recover, the debt collection agencies may choose to negotiate with the client for the amount less than what they owe to the organization. Debt collectors at times refer to the lawyers to file legal cases against the people who refuse to repay the debt.
How Do Debt Collection Agencies Collect Debt?
Debt collection agencies have the tools and the resources to collect a debt from the debtors. They may use notices or phone calls to collect a debt. They may show up at the debtor’s door front now and then. They have their ways of looking for the offenders using various computer software or investigators, even if the offender has changed their location or contact details. Before approaching the debtor, they make sure that they have done their homework regarding the debtor. They check their bank accounts and assets value to check if they will be able to repay the loan or an estimate of how much of the loan will they be able to pay.
However, a debt collector cannot approach a debtor directly. They first have to approach the court against the debtor and win the lawsuit against them. The court has to allow the debt collection agency to collect the debt and orders the debtor to repay the loan.
You must understand that just because you have been contacted by a debt collection agency, it does not mean that you have gotten yourself into an abusive relationship. Debt collectors do sound intimidating but they are trying to do their job. You can always work around them and devise a plan as to how you wish to repay the loan. But you must take legal advice before accepting any debts or discussing settlements.