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How Can A Debt Dispute Help?

Posted by Online Marketing on Friday, May 18, 2012

By Kente Wallman

It is common for my clients or readers to wonder how to dispute a debt. The first thing I like to explain is what dispute actually means. Once you understand the definition of dispute, you will begin to see how most people in debt needs to dispute their debts first. In a nutshell, dispute means to debate, disagree with, or argue something.

It is important to realize that disputing a debt requires more effort than calling up your creditor and telling them that you disagree that you owe them money. Effective disputes require certain steps and accurate timing. I know these steps so well that significant portions of my clients end up free from debt, or they take advantage of opportunities to settle with creditors or debt collectors for a fraction of their original debt. I recommend to continue learning if you would like these outcomes for your specific debt situation.

Even after knowing the definition of what disputing a debt means, many consumers choose to attempt a dispute over the phone. Disputing debt over the phone is basically useless. It provides you no evidence in court that the debt was disputed. This leaves you completely unprotected in the event that a creditor or debt collector decides to sue. Not to mention the fact that the creditor or debt collector will not treat you any better and will most likely harass you even more aggressively.

Credit and debt counselors often advise consumers to send debt verification letters to their creditor or debt collector. These letters are a waste of time because all they require is for a creditor or debt collector to confirm your name and address. The name and address of almost anyone in the United States is readily accessible online. In no way do a name and an address prove that a consumer owes their creditor or debt collector money.

Debt verification letters also have a few other flaws. A verification letter does not require a creditor or debt collector to provide any evidence of your account with them. These letters also do not provide any legal protection. Finally, debt verification letters do nothing to stop the harassment that comes from creditors or debt collectors. Debt verification letters are usually not the right tools to use when deciding how to dispute a debt.

I will bet that after hearing all of the ways you shouldn't dispute your debt that you are wondering what the best way to dispute a debt actually is. The way that I have seen the best results when disputing debt is through the use of debt validation letters. Debt validation letters are much more powerful than debt verification letters because they are backed by the FDCPA or Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This Act sets forth specific requirements for debt collectors and creditors to provide accurate and validating information on any account that a request for validation is made.

Consumers can easily use debt validation letters to stop debt collector's collection attempts. The FDCPA requires any debt collector, once they have received a request for validation, to completely and accurately validate all details about the account before they continue their efforts to collect. Without this validation, the debt collector is prohibited by law to make any more collection efforts. Debt collectors usually do not have the information required to validate an account, so by sending a debt validation letter, you can stop the debt collector in their tracks.

Now that you understand more about how to dispute a debt, I would suggest taking a mini course online to learn more about debt validation letters. The knowledge you can gain by doing this will be extremely valuable to help you get through your debt dispute and validation process.

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