Advice on Debt

On April 20, 2011, in News, by Lewis Alexander

Sleep better with advice on debt, knowing your debts are managed!

Personal debt advice in the UK has become an enormous issue for all kinds of reasons. Unfortunately it has had a stigma attached to it in the past which may stop some people dealing with their debt problems. This has the effect of actually making the situation worse when it would be relatively simple to get under control with the right advice on debt.

Advice on Debt

There are several signs that your personal debts have gotten out of control.

  • Are your monthly outgoings starting to outweigh your monthly income?

  • Are you scared to answer the phone and open your mail?

  • Do you have debt collectors chasing you for money?

There are many possible routes to take when dealing with advice on debt. Every situation is different and a tailored solution needs to be discussed. Any one of the following could be the solution for you to find help with personal debts.

  • IVA (or TRUST DEED in SCOTLAND)
  • DEBT MANAGEMENT PLAN
  • BANKRUPTCY
  • DEBT CONSOLIDATION LOAN

If you are a bit wary of committing to a fixed term financial solution like an IVA or Individual Voluntary Arrangement, then debt management online can help you restructure debts in the short term. A debt management plan constitutes an informal agreement between you and your creditors.

Loans to consolidate your debts– taking out a debt consolidation loan to pay off all your current agreements (loans,credit cards etc) is often the simplest option as it can reduce your monthly repayments.

  • REMEMBER ADVICE on DEBT SHOULD ALWAYS BE FREE
  • Do NOT Pay for advice calling HIGH rate phone lines.

Individual Voluntary Arrangements

With an IVA, all interest and penalty charges are STOPPED! You will be given one affordable monthly repayment to make and this should stop all the creditor phone calls and letters you may currently be receiving.

An IVA will prevent court proceedings and even stop bankruptcy and after what is normally 60 months (5 years). Read about a Trust Deed in Scotland as laws differ there for financial help and assistance.

Bankruptcy is the end of the road as far as debt management or debt help. Once you reach bankruptcy, your finances will be sorted out by the courts. In a nutshell, if you reach the stage where you need to become bankrupt, it will mean that you will get a fresh start and normally your debts will be written off, conditions and restrictions do apply though.

Let one of our trained professional advisors call you today to help give advice on debt and find a solution to your debt problems. Peoples debt problems are rarely unique and we may be able to help you clear debt.

  • Call 0800 018 6868 free from landlines, call charges from mobile phones may vary.
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Moving Abroad to Escape Debt Problems

On December 20, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • The credit cards have stopped working, your overdraft is maxed out, applications for extended credit lines stopped being successful months ago and now even the utility bills are falling behind.
  • Sound familiar? Well increasing numbers of Brits are now looking to turn their back on debts in the UK in favour of moving abroad and starting a new life.

free credit report UK from ExperianParticularly prominent amongst divorcees, with the collapse of a marriage, it can seem like the fastest, cleanest and cheapest way out of the hole.  But longer term is it really the best option?

Sure, the thought of escaping the incessant telephone calls, letters and emails from credit card companies can seem like a good idea at first.  And certainly avoiding paying interest on mounting debts can seem like a preferable solution, but what are the implications of ‘jumping ship’ and moving abroad in this situation?

Firstly, there is the fact that your creditors back in the UK are not going to suddenly forget that you exist.  Financial services companies in the UK have invested great sums in recent years to improve their collections and recoveries strategy and an instant write-off for your debt is unlikely.  Much more probable, is they will look to trace you to hold you to the debt, will employ collections agencies and may even seek legal intervention for any assets that you do leave in the UK.

To those in the deepest debt holes, you may say ‘so what? I don’t have anything to lose!’ but it is not just what you own now that may be at stake.  Some financial service companies keep on file their list of bad debtors, even though these debts have been written off in their company accounts.  Proceedings are then put in place to reclaim funds should any given person re-enter the country.

Monitoring of the electoral role, future credit or bank account applications (and even social networking sites) are all conducted on a periodic basis.

Whilst you may have every intention of leaving the UK for good, it is worth noting that in 2008, the Institute for Public Policy Research reported that 85,000 British Citizens returned to the UK from living abroad, and with only 172,000 leaving the UK in that year, this represents a net return of almost 50% for that calendar year.  Which if you happen to be in this 50% that do return, there may be some nasty surprises that await you on your return!

  • So, what other options might you have to escape the mountain of debt?

A good place to start is sitting down to calculate exactly what debts you do have, who you owe money to and the rate of interest that you are currently paying.

Then, one call to a debt management specialists at Lewis Alexander can make a huge difference.  Our lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 018 6868.

At Lewis Alexander we make it our priority to help you through what can be a very stressful time.  No-one intends to get into huge amounts of debt and all we ask is that you have a regular source of income and a genuine intention to improve your personal situation.

We start by understanding all of your current outstanding debt commitments and can work with your creditors to reduce your monthly repayments and can sometimes reduce the overall amount of interest repaid.  We also work with you to find the debt solution that is most appropriate to your personal circumstance.

Some of our clients have equity available to release from their home that can be used to settle debts.  Others might find that entering into an IVA is best for their situation and many of our clients find that simply using our debt management service helps them get control of their finances again.

  • Whatever the best financial debt solution is, we will work with you to find your best personal debt plan.

Call Lewis Alexander today, free and in confidence on 0800 018 6868.  We are waiting for your call and our debt management specialists are ready to help you try and start to change your financial life for the better!

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Approaching retirement, my pension lump sum wont clear my debts!

On November 17, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • When you bought the Beatles hit ‘When I’m sixty-four’ on short play vinyl with one of your first pay packets, it all seemed so far away.  Now a mere forty-something years later, you’ve reached the age of the song’s infamous title!
  • But wait, you’re not ready for it yet!

free credit report UK from ExperianThe unexpected ‘surprise’ third child that you tagged on the end has only just finished university and you are still about ten years away from finishing paying for their studies, the new conservatory and that place by the sea that your wife insisted upon. (Note to self, why oh why didn’t we keep the wife’s flat when we moved in together in the swinging sixties?)

The pressures of ensuring that the children completed their studies, whilst keeping a stable home meant that real planning for retirement seemed pointless as it felt just so far away – except it wasn’t. So the daily expenses were still being piled onto the credit cards, whilst new mortgage deals had still been taken out in your early sixties.

  • The bit that said you would be repaying until you were 75 was lost in the reams of small print that so many of these agreements commonly contain.
  • So surely it wasn’t just the unexpected extra child that led you into this mess?

Well, despite being one of those baby boomers born just after the end of World War Two, whilst many have been very lucky, there are some that seem to have fallen foul of every possible financial mishap.

  • For all too many a family the story reads like this:

Taking an endowment out in the 80’s, just prior to the Wall Street crash, was not the best of starts. A failure to capitalise on Maggie’s privatisations followed, prior to the blackest of black Wednesdays meant that you then lost a job in the early 1990’s, right in the middle of the era of ageism. That is before Brussels interfered!

The remnants of the ‘Power 80’s’ meant you were finished at 40-something, with none of that modern thinking that the middle and end-career applicants have oodles of experience to offer.  Sadly, there was more to come. Being loyal to the bank had meant that you enjoyed a good relationship with a bank manager (who still wore a mac in the pouring rain), but also meant that you missed out on the Abbey National, Alliance and Leicester, Halifax & more demutualisations that handed out £thousands in a short space of time. Then finally, when interest rates started to come down at the end of the 1990’s and the turn of the century, you took a 5-year fix as 6.5% seemed like a great rate (you recalled only just hanging onto your house when rates topped double figures in the 1980s). So you missed out on several good years when you could have been paying a sizeable chunk down on your mortgage.

  • Sob story over, put quite simply, what are you going to do now?
  • The first step in any financial planning is to understand the here and now.

Start by calculating how much you really owe and who you owe it to. Continue by detailing the everyday regular expenses that you incur and your anticipated earnings for retirement. By contacting your pension provider to understand your exact pension income and lump sum options, you will now know exactly what retirement means for you and so it is now possible to look at the options available.

Many people approaching retirement opt to work beyond the standard retirement age. Although the ability to do this varies by industry and employer, start by having a chat with your boss to see if this is something that might be possible – if you want to stay on that is!

If you are worried, unsure or simply don’t know what to do next, then contact Lewis Alexander on 0800 018 6868. Lewis Alexander are personal debt management consultants who can help you understand what options may be available to you.

By calling FREE for a confidential financial healthcheck, we can talk you through the debt solutions available and find one that is best for you at the moment. As we are independent, we look at all cases individually and without bias, prior to agreeing with you the best next steps to take.

We offer a range of financial solutions, from debt management help to insolvency advice. Call one of our debt management consultants now on free phone 0800 018 6868 and start to work out a way to clear your personal debts.

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Struggling with Redundancy?

On November 16, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander

You set off with considerable enthusiasm for a new start, a reasonable lump sum, a chat with your partner promising that it will ‘all be ok’ and within weeks you are starting to wish that the redundancy letter you thought would bring a new direction to your life had actually landed on someone else’s desk. 

  • You are not alone!

This is a surprisingly common scenario facing thousands of working and middle class families across the country who found that they were subject to downsizing by their employer to cope with the global downturn in economic fortune.

This of course has meant a significant reduction in household income for these families.  Whilst this reduction in income is survivable for most families for one or two months, the moment that it pushes five and six months it really starts to pose a problem.

For months three and four, the life savings start to disappear, before the kid’s university funds and finally the Christmas budget goes and before you know it, you are starting to miss payments on the credit card bills and the car finance etc.

With the job market the way it is, it can be hard to get any job at the moment, let alone a job that pays the same as the one you used to hold.  So, as the month’s creep past and the savings have been eroded, it is understandable that keeping up with the rent or the mortgage becomes more important than keeping up with the Jones’.

  • There are options open to people in this position and quite often things are considerably more flexible than you might think.

First up should always come a full frank review of your household budget.  Detailing the complete list of current incomings and outgoings can often be a combination of emotions.  For many it reveals that the monthly list of regular payments far exceeds the expected amount.  For others it shows that the scale of the ‘nice to have’ expenses – those that really aren’t essential to everyday living.  It may also be a cause for upset as you realise the scale of the problem that you are faced with.

However, once you have completed step one, you are ready to move forward and look to the future for you and your family.  Having understood the scale of the problem, it is much easier to then look for appropriate solutions to combat these issues.

Prior to looking at a debt plan or any sort of further loan, it is sensible to discuss your newly found knowledge with existing lenders.  Having discovered the extent of your financial situation, it may be that existing lenders can restructure your payments.  Extending the term to repay the funds, reducing the monthly payments temporarily, or converting the loan to ‘interest only’ are all options that could be explored.

  • If you have already missed some key points in time, then this may not be possible and one free call to Lewis Alexander on 0800 018 6868 will help you to understand the best options for you.
  • We start by conducting a free financial health check, which ensures that we understand your financial situation, so that we can offer the solution that suits you best.

As industry experts in debt management solutions and services, we are ideally placed to understand your unique situation and then rather than sell you a plan that may not be suitable, we work to deliver a plan that best helps you move forward in your work and personal life.

We find that our clients respect us more for being honest with them and genuinely helping them with their individual circumstances, rather than pressure selling a specific solution.

We don’t charge any up-front fees for our financial health check (our continued services are chargeable should you proceed) and make sure that you understand all the implications of the debt plan you may approve following the completion of your financial healthcheck.

  • If you want to talk to one of our advisors in absolute confidence, call us FREE on 0800 018 6868.

For those who have used our services, Lewis Alexander is a name that people have learnt to trust to help them start to, or clear, personal debt problems.

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Lewis Alexander launches FREE phone Financial Healthcheck!

On October 23, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander

Do you need a Financial Healthcheck?

  • Lewis Alexander are offering a Financial Healthcheck to people who find themselves struggling with personal loans, credit cards and overdrafts etc.

A Financial Healthcheck is conducted by looking at an individuals income and expenditure and other personal details such as home ownership or possible savings and age so that it can be worked out by a professional adviser what the best option for them is financially.

The need for such a service has never been greater and Lewis Alexander is proud to launch this service nationwide throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Most people that call our personal debt helpline for a financial healthcheck find that it is a starting point of understanding and getting to grips with what solutions are available to them to sort or clear personal financial problems.

  • Financial problems occur at all different times of life.
  • The most important thing is that an individual recognises the problem they have and takes action to solve the problem as soon as possible.

The main solutions available to people in the UK to clear personal debts are as follows,

It is difficult for people to self diagnose themselves financially as they usually have experienced a change in circumstance and are preoccupied with the problems they face due to that change.

Once you have suffered a change in circumstance such as a loss of job or illness, it is very hard to catch up with finances that may have fallen behind.  These could include rent or mortgage payments or even Council tax or electricity / gas arrears.  Not all companies are sympathetic to your circumstances but you should make sure they are aware and put it in writing and send it recorded delivery, that way you can prove you made your creditor or lender or utility supplier aware of your change in circumstance and lack of ability to pay as normally expected.

If you do not contact your respective lender or utility supplier they cannot be expected to guess what is going on, if contacted they usually will make some sort of arrangement for you to catch up and pay off any arrears you may have been or are currently creating.

To best help yourself you can take advice from a trained adviser who knows what is best for you from experience of helping others in similar if not the same situations.

A financial healthcheck is one way of starting to find out exactly how good or bad your situation is.  Whether you take the advice and act on it is totally up to you, those who do tend to act on advice sooner rather than later really do benefit from being pro-active as a financial problem usually does not go away without attention.There is no obligation to use our fee charging services after a financial healthcheck with Lewis Alexander.

You should be wary of paying upfront fees for any services that are not fully transparent, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

If you think you would benefit from a financial healthcheck you can call Lewis Alexander free and in confidence 24 hours a day using 0800 018 6868.

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If you have heard adverts on the radio and TV for debt management comparison sites or debt companies asking you if you are confused by debt, the way to actually clarify your questions or confusion is to speak to each company you have selected directly.

Prepare a list of questions that will help you identify if they are trust worthy and reputable, how can you be sure you can trust the actual comparison web site itself.

  • Who is doing the homework on the debt management companies being compared and how often is the information updated?

Lewis Alexander was approached by a service claiming to be a debt management company comparison website for people confused by debt, they offered us the opportunity to pay them to be listed on their site, we asked them why we should pay to be compared for the consumers best deal, they could not answer our question so we did not advertise with them.

The lesson we can learn from the likes of Direct Line Insurance is that they cannot be found on comparison websites. This is a very large company owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, why would they not be on comparison websites if they were so beneficial to them or their customers?

The only way we could see a debt management comparison website working was if it listed every debt management plan available in the country to a consumer at the time of the consumer search, without a total comparison of all debt plans available, how would the consumer know which company offered the best deal?

  • They would only be aware of the best deal amongst the companies advertising on the debt comparison site. This is NOT a total comparison!

You should be very careful when taking information and advice on something as important as your personal finances.  A company that specialises in comparing companies is doing just that, you should take financial advice off of a company who specialises in giving financial advice and clearing consumer debt, not just one that tries to compare companies that actually do just that.

If you are confused by debt problems and solutions available to clear debts, you can call our free from a landline debt helpline 24 hours a day in absolute confidence using 0800  018 6868.

  • Our trained advisors are waiting for your call!
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Improve Credit Score without Money in the Bank

On July 4, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander

  • Did you know it was possible to improve your credit score without actually having much funds available in your personal bank account?
  • It is even possible to obtain a good credit score after having a bad credit rating, when living in and out of a personal overdraft!

To increase your credit score or improve your credit rating you need to pay any credit account you have on time and make sure your payments are for the correct amount. It does not matter how much money you have in your bank account. It is as simple as that, if you are struggling with credit accounts get rid of them where possible.

 Start a fresh and gain control on a monthly or weekly basis!

free credit report UK from ExperianCar finance and all other types of credit agreements are listed on your credit report so it is important too keep up with all agreements not just the ones that are important to you.

Most people suffer from a bad credit score due to not being able to keep up with regular monthly repayments, some months they encounter extra unexpected living costs, such as motor breakdowns and domestic appliance problems.

  • These tend to need immediate attention which costs and these costs are what tend to set the individual back.

When payments are then missed for credit accounts, the credit companies are duty bound to update the credit reference agencies monthly such as Experian and Equifax.  These credit reference agencies keep your credit file up to date so that when you apply for any borrowings or credit, the lender you are applying too has the right with your permission to search your credit file for any information they may require to either approve, or decline your application.

  • When an application for credit is refused or turned down, the lender is under no obligation to tell you why.  This can often offend people but the policy not to disclose the reason for decline is normal practice within the credit industry.

If you have never seen a copy of your credit report, it can at first take time to understand.  Once you have seen it you will feel more comfortable looking at it next time you need to, and so on.  It is important to keep a check on your credit report as this can inform you of any searches that have been made in your name without your awareness.

Credit Expert from Experian is the most well know of the credit reference agencies that allow you to view your credit report online.  They offer a free 30 day trial.  This is a trading name or brand of a company called Experian who advertise on Television, you may have seen the credit expert TV adverts.

Lenders use different parts of your credit report to assess if they are able to lend to you, this differs from lender to lender.  If you make multiple applications for credit and get refused within a short period of time, say one day to a week or even within one month, you can reduce your credit score that way, so be careful when applying for credit.

Prospective lenders do not like to see many refused applications for credit within your file over a short period of time, it can show that you are desperate to obtain the credit and this can worry a lender.

If you need advice regarding clearing personal debts after suffering a bad credit history, you can call our personal debt helpline 24 hours a day in total confidence using 0800 018 6868.

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Personal Debt, the Banks and UK House Prices

On July 1, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • What have the above got in common?

Personal debt has been driven up by our previous government allowing banks to basically over lend, just like the previous government increased the countries own debt level.  It all has to be repaid at some point and now we find the banks are unable to lend against property unless people can provide a deposit, in some cases being up to 35% of the desired property value. Interbank lending reductions are also showing signs of returning.  This means money becomes even shorter in supply generally throughout the entire economy.

If we look at consumer personal debt levels, these have been created via irresponsible lending and irresponsible spending, but not in all cases.

Some people have also consolidated their personal unsecured debts such as credit cards and loans, store cards and catalogues into either a new secured loan against their home or into the existing mortgage by remortgaging the money from available equity in their home.

This is very risky when you think that in the very near future, interest rates will have to start going up again and that will mean that people again will feel the squeeze in their monthly budget as their mortgage or home repayment costs go up.  Some will be able to manage the increase and some will not, these are the people that really should be looking in their most trusted crystal ball at the moment.

When lending by banks against property reduces it can also mean that house prices in turn may fall, this is because people have to be more realistic about the value of their house for sale purposes if they really wish to move quickly, banks will only lend money against a property for what it is worth, not for what a vendor feels they have spent on it which actually becomes perceived added value.  The perception of increased value is not always there in the eyes of the banks at the point of lending!

International investment from outside the UK from people moving here or buying second homes here, coupled with the fact that demand in the UK for new affordable housing is outstripping supply and has done for the past couple of decades, means that this supply and demand issue for new affordable housing could be the only saving grace to our UK housing market, if the international money which usually goes directly into London stops due to global issues and the banks don’t inter lend, then the only people buying houses will be first time buyers with very large deposits, therefore a reduction in most house prices would follow.

If you have unsecured personal debts and a mortgage to pay each month you should make sure that the credit repayments are not eating up the majority of your income, if they are it is time to seek some personal debt advice.  If you think things could get out of control for you financially if you suffered a change in circumstance, then you should be planning ahead just in case.

When you repay credit cards and loans, sometimes you are servicing the debt by only paying interest that is accruing, this is as good as renting your debt off of your creditor, you must get into a debt reduction plan as soon as possible if this is the case.

  • Taking the first step to sorting a financial problem is usually the hardest, as with most unfamiliar things we do in life.

If you need professional advice regarding your outstanding personal finances then call our personal debt helpline today in confidence using 0800 018 6868, lines are open 24 hours and your call is free.

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Motor or Car, Travel, Home and Life Insurance – Are you getting the best deals?

It never ceases to shock our financial advisors how many people actually are not aware that they may be able to get a better deal on their existing

  • car insurance
  • home insurance
  • life insurance

or for any insurances they may be paying premiums.

  • Insurance can be costly, but even more expensive if you choose the wrong product or type of cover.

For years, insurances of all types were mis-sold and nowadays it is correct to say that the insurance industry within the UK has been regulated and is monitored carefully by the respective authorities.

When you choose an insurance policy, it is not always clear which is your best option, therefore, the advice you get regarding the policies available is of paramount importance.  A broker with access to all different policies made available through many different insurers can be one option for you to buy your insurance, another could be to go direct to one insurer and this way you would cut out any middle man fees, the problem being you will only be advised on the policies that company can offer, there may be a better policy with another direct insurance supplier.

  • So what do you do?
  • Do you call all of them or use comparison sites such as moneysupermaket or gocompare or even comparethemarket?

We would recommend using what we call a comparison broker, this way you feel it is fair to pay a broker fee if the broker explains the different policies available and in turn helps you to come to a sound decision.

When in personaldebt, it can be most important to consider every option available within your means to reduce your outgoings; this includes things such as motor or car insurance, home insurance and life insurance etc. Sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised at the savings you can make just by changing insurance company.

The average domestic car or home insurance policy will usually run for about 1 year, and then it will be ready for renewal. The industry and insurance companies change their policies so frequently that when it comes around again for you to renew, the products available could be very different and far more attractive than your last policy, 12 months is a long time in the insurance industry.

Please remember to shop about for the best deal, it is not always the one that is easily found, these companies use clever and expensive marketing tactics and campaigns to generate an enquiry from you, make sure you know exactly who you are dealing with and who will be supplying the insurance.  For most people this information may sound basic but for many of us insurance is still an unknown but necessary evil!

For help and advice regarding any personal debt problems please contact our personal debt helpline in confidence using 0800 018 6868, our lines are open 24 hours a day and your call is free.

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Debt Support Services

On February 19, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • Trying to find a Debt Support Service in the UK?
  • Unable to get a loan to consolidate your financial problems?
  • Struggling to understand how best to help yourself?
  • OUR INITIAL ADVICE IS FREE – ONGOING SERVICES ARE CHARGEABLE

When you need debt support, it is very hard to find a company that you can trust.  Most personal debt advice that you obtain from debt support companies will tell you that the best option is either;

  • An IVA
  • Bankruptcy
  • A Debt Management Plan
  • or possibly even another loan or form of finance such as a remortgage.

It is not usually an every day occurrance being forced to deal with such options of financial relief, however, it is important that you do not allow any individual or company to push you into any debt consolidation agreement without you being fully aware and educated on how you will benefit and in what way your chosen debt solution could affect you.

Debt support services exist all around the UK, some charge the clients fees directly for the service they provide and some charge the clients creditors for the work they do on the clients behalf.

  • These companies trade as charitable organisations and guise themselves as free debt support services.

 A good debt support service will have the clients best interest at heart and by managing the financial problems in a structured manner, the client usually feels relief from the pressure within days of joining the support service.

When a not so reputable debt support company starts to manage a clients finances, the client does not actually get to find out that the service is less than standard until it is too late and the debts are usually in a further mess than they were previously.

Be warned that anyone in personal debt is classed by the Office of Fair Trading as a vulnerable consumer, this means you are at risk of other people or traders / companies taking advantage of your current financial circumstances. People will lie to you even when it is to do with something so serious as personal debt support.

Most people that call our free from a landline personal debt helpline for debt support, struggle to find a way that enables them to pay bills when they can afford to pay them and the amount that they can afford to pay.

If you set a budget each month that you stick to, this can be the first step to financial freedom, you may not have all the things that you wanted that month but you will certainly not have a credit card bill for items that you most problaby never needed. Not all personal debt is built up from what we call “retail therapy” but you would be surprised at how much is.

When you have decided that you need to obtain confidential support regarding your financial situation, please call our helpline without delay, often the sooner you sort and solve a debt problem, the easier it actually is to manage.

Call Lewis Alexander free using 0800 018 6868, lines are open 24 hours / 7 days a week and your call is free!

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ITV Tonight on reducing monthly payments

On January 28, 2010, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • Did you see the Tonight programme by ITV about reducing monthly outgoings and repayments?
  • Martin was explaining how to save money by cutting back on items in your household expenditure!

Due to rises in fuel prices and the general cost of living, most people are finding it difficult to manage or reduce monthly payments that they have.

There is a point where some people find they cannot cut back any further.

Without the programmes enthusiasm in your front room, how can you implement the same money saving ideas and stick to them. One thing that was mentioned was the “impulse buy”, items bought out of a want, not a need!

  • Fed up of having no money left at the end of the month after paying all the bills?

There are a great number of ways to save money each month and the following are just a few;

  • Change Electricity or Gas supplier
  • Change Internet provider
  • Change Telephone provider
  • Change or reduce TV subscriptions
  • Change Supermarkets
  • Do not make impulse purchases only buy when you need to!
  • Change Clothes Shops
  • Change Petrol Station
  • Change your car
  • Change your Ways!!!

It is okay having this information but acting on it is very hard, sometimes it can take a massive effort as all the changes are a shock to the system.

We say this because when you have to cut back it can seem like a drastic change in lifestyle as you are used to buying luxury items that are not needed, this comes from emotional or impulse purchases, the money you used could have been used to clear other bills but the control is what was lacking.

Once you have impulse purchases under control, changes to your living expenses as mentioned above should start to have a positive impact on your weekly or monthly budget and ongoing expenditure. You should find you are reducing payments and other costs leaving you with more of a disposable income, the money you have left over each month after paying bills and all living costs.

Saving money can start with little things like where you buy your lunch each day or how you make it. Save on holidays, cars, nights out, clothes etc..

Life will seem strange but you will get used to it and then you can start a fresh!

If you have personal debt problems and are struggling to find a way to reduce repayments to credit card and loan companies, you can call our free from a landline personal debt helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 0800 018 6868 free.

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If you find yourself with a financial problem and have bad credit or are unable to cope with mounting debt problems, then you may want to search the marketplace for information that can help you discover the best solution for reducing or eliminating personal debt.

There are a number of very authoritative internet debt consultants and resources online that offer information for getting out of debt and they could help you with your personal situation.

Be very careful that you do not jump in with the first company that comes along without doing some research about the company, how long has the debt company been in business? Make sure you ring them to see how professional their approach is. After all you want your affairs to be handled on an individual basis and your interests should be of the utmost importance.

Finding the best and highest quality of companies within the Debt Consolidation field will help and ensure your overall plan to reduce your indebtedness over the longterm is fruitful.

Unfortunately, there are a number of debt consolidation agencies, debt negotiators, and debt settlement consultants who will take you for a ride. If you find they are advertising their services saying that they can get your debts eliminated in 10 minutes or less, they are the kind of companies that you want avoid at all costs.

These claims are not justifiable and simply not possible. You need to work with a debt consolidation company that offers you viable and workable individual solutions to eliminate your debt in the medium to long term.

You must realise the real facts that no one can eliminate your debts without a personal Bankruptcy petition. Most debt management resources reduce debts through renegotiations with your creditors.

You will find that some personal debt consultants even claim to be able to “eliminate your interest rates” completely, this is not entirely truthful.

When a debt management company consolidates all of your unsecured debts, they will gather all of your unsecured debt repayments and roll them into one new single repayment, which then reduces your monthly outgoings.

If you aren’t dealing with an honest debt consolidation company or one that has a high reputation in the industry who can negotiate the best solution, there’s a very good possibility that they will also roll those high interest rates into your total debt, which may still reduce your monthly outgoing but unbeknown to you, will cause you to have a larger overall debt level.  Be very careful with this type of tactic.

Therefore, it is important that you ask the company or debt consultant about what it is they can do for you, after you have provided them with sufficient information for them to work out an overall plan.

Educate yourself a little with regard to what interest rates you have been paying on your current debts, so that you are empowered to have the knowledge to make an informed decision.

Above all, be prepared to pay a reasonable fee for the services of a reputable company. There is no such thing as a “free lunch”.  Someone has to pay the people who organise and negotiate on your behalf. Companies that claim that you don’t need to pay them anything are in fact being paid by the creditors and getting fees somewhere in the process. We find that many people would rather agree to pay a set fee and get on with the task of getting back on the right path.

You are advised to have all the proper paperwork regarding your debts organised and if possible obtain a copy of your credit report.

If you are in doubt, do some research of your own, telephone the companies that you have listed and contact them by phone.

Lewis Alexander Financial Management offer a first class personal Debt Management Service, nationwide throughout the UK. We have in house specialists who concentrate on debt management and loan consolidation and we have been looking after a great number of our clients for many years now.

Call the Lewis Alexander personal debt helpline using 0800 018 6868, our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your call is free.

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Looking for a UK Personal Debt Consultant?

On December 27, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander

Lewis Alexander is registered in the UK to help and assist consumers with personal debt and other financial problems.

We are specialists in personal debt management consultancy and help many people every day to clear and consolidate personal debt problems.

If you are suffering from excessive charges and interest rates that are being applied to your credit agreements then you should take advice from a personal debt consultant sooner rather than later.

  • Do not stick your head in the sand like an Ostrich, get professional advice from trained personal debt consultants.

Your creditors will be sympathetic to the problem you find yourself with and you should approach them with details of changes in your circumstances or with reason for the lack of your ability to repay.

When credit and debt becomes a problem, it can seem as though you are the only one suffering, this is not the case, if we all could see inside other peoples wallets, we may find a lot of other people in the UK are currently suffering from the same financial problems.

Personal debt consultants can help by advising the best solution to take with advice tailored to your personal situation.

Some people just carry on day after day hoping that the problem will go away, unfortunately it does not and often it will get larger over time if not dealt with.

You must accept that you are not alone and personal debt consultants can help you, they are specialists in what they do and even though all of us are different, the problems we face financially tend to be the same.

If you would like to speak with a trained personal debt consultant in total confidence today, then please call our personal debt helpline using 0800 018 6868, lines are open 24 hours, 7 days.

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Loan and Credit advice for People without an Income, Job or Salary

On December 23, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander

If you are trying to find a loan company that will lend you money without you being in full time employment, you must remember that the companies you approach are not duty bound to lend you money.

A lender or loan company makes a decision to lend based on the risk that you personally present to them regarding your ability to repay the credit you are applying for.

Examples of factors that lenders take into account when scoring your application for credit could be some of these that follow;

  • Are you working or not?
  • If employed is this full time or part time?
  • Do state benefits make up 100% of your income?
  • Do you have a UK bank account?
  • Does your employer pay you in cash?
  • Has a bad credit rating affected you from obtaining credit or loans recently from other lenders?
  • Will you be able to repay the loan if you suffer a change in circumstance, such as loss of job, split from partner or less hours at work?
  • Have you ever been declared Bankrupt, subject to an IVA or Debt Relief Order?

There are many factors that lenders will take into account when deciding to lend money to an individual and you should accept that each lender has different requirements that the proposed customer or client should be able to meet.

  • A lender does not have to inform you of how they decide on approving or declining your loan or credit application.

Different loans require people to qualify in differing ways.

For example, a debt consolidation loan could be secured against a home, this would require the individual to usually be a home owner because if they were not, there would be no property for the lender to secure the new loan against should the person fail to repay.

An unsecured loan requires no security but rates of interest are usually higher to balance a lenders risk of loss due to none repayment or an unexpected time delay to recover the money leant.

If you have been refused a loan and then made further applications for credit within a short space of time, you may be surprised to learn that multiple declines for credit within a short period can mark your credit score down further.  This is then an alarm bell to other lenders when they search your credit file to see if they are happy to lend to you because they see all the other lenders declines.

You need to realise that more credit is not usually the best route and by obtaining free financial advice from a trained debt advisor, you will be able to clear your personal debts without another loan!

Debt solutions such as an IVA or Debt Management Plan could assist you.

  • Some loan companies will charge you fees for an online loan search – be careful!

Can you really afford to part with another £50 or £60 without a guarantee of a loan? Some companies are making large gains from taking advantage of consumers in a vulnerable financial position.

When you have no other income apart from state benefits, it is hard to get a loan.  People on maternity leave can find it particularly difficult as they have a job but the income is reduced, creating extra risk to the lender.

If you think would benefit from a free telephone consultation with a trained loan advisor who can help you identify your best solution, call Lewis Alexander free using 0800 018 6868, our free from a landline personal debt helpline is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and all calls are confidential.

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Mistakes People Make when Trying to Reduce Debt Problems

On December 21, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander

Many people who are in debt will automatically try to use their existing credit cards to consolidate their personal debts.

  • This is a mistake that can cost you dearly.

In the long term it can cause a greater indebtedness.  Usually, credit card companies will charge considerably more for the combined credit, applying interest rates that will be far greater than the current average of all your interest being applied to all your individual accounts. The last thing you would want is a higher interest rate leading yourself deeper into the cycle of debt.

The problem of getting into debt may have been primarily caused by the credit cards in the first place. It is already a well known fact that many debtors wanting to consolidate their loans are doing so because of unmanageable credit cards and therefore it makes little sense to use credit cards to consolidate personal debt!

  • The whole point of trying to reduce debt is that you should be working to decrease your bills and outgoings.
  • The common mistake people make is to take the easiest way out to pay off their debt with credit cards as they still have a line of credit available.
  • This can cause a problem in the not too distant future if the individual suffers a further change in personal circumstances.

It is so easy to use more credit to pay for existing bills by paying one bill off and adding a new balance to a new or exisiting credit card or loan that will need to be paid off in the future.

The way to reduce your debt would be to get cheaper or less expensive rates of credit and pay off the more expensive credit first, which is usually credit cards.

You will find that credit and loan companies have large resources at their disposal in terms of the best lenders rates available and will have a better negotiating stance than you for the best debt consolidation loan rates. That action would achieve the desired results by reducing the debt in the long and the short term.

  • Your only problem could be the fact that your personal credit rating does not allow for your lenders acceptance for providing this new loan.

Let us imagine for a moment that you owe money on your mortgage, car payments, insurance and some household bills such as electricity and gas.

Your first stop should always be to approach your mortgage company to let them know of your situation, they are a priority creditor.

  • Burying your head in the sand will not make your debt go away!

It is quite amazing that people would take the easy way out and pay their mortgage using their credit cards instead of approaching the mortgage company and informing them of the personal debt problems. You will find that mortgage lenders are usually understanding of your problem if approached early on.

If the hardship is caused by a temporary situation from being out of work for a short while then this contact between you and your creditors can become a financial lifesaver.

You will still need a professional debt advisor if your situation persists and it is important that you find a way to reduce your outgoings in the long run to ensure you do not get deeper into debt.

There are a number of ways that an amount of personal debt outstanding can be consolidated and rolled into one new monthly repayment. Some of the most chosen options follow;

Each case is different and that is where a debt management company usually excels itself in providing the best advice for your own individual needs.

Lewis Alexander Financial Management offers a first class personal Debt Management Service, nationwide throughout the UK. We are based in Manchester, England and we have helped thousands of consumers suffering with personal debt problems in our history.

We have in house specialists who concentrate on debt management plans and personal debt consolidation and we have been looking after a great number of our clients for many years now.

Call Lewis Alexander on their personal debt helpline using 0800 018 6868, our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your call is FREE.

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How can a Debt Management Plan help me?

On December 16, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander

How can a Debt Management Plan help me?

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During the course of our business day, we receive a lot of questions from prospective clients about debt management, how we can help them, how much it costs and the best debt soltuin for them to follow.

As you can imagine, all situations are slightly different and we specialise in helping people from all walks of life, you could be a single parent with a low paying job or even a footballer.  Yes, even they get into these kinds of financial situations and need help with their debt problems. They are fully aware of the quality help a debt management plan can give them should it be needed.

  • We have listed a few of the questions below,

One of those often asked questions is – How can a Debt Management Plan help me?

Debt Management Plans can help you if you are struggling and unable to repay consumer debts such as personal loans, credit cards, store cards, bank overdrafts and catalogues etc.  If your income is lower than your outgoings, this will cause you to get further into debt each month.

A Debt Management Company will gather all the information from you regarding all your unsecured debts, your income from wages and any other means including state benefits and then decide with you, how much you are able to repay as one monthly sum to start the pathway to reducing the total indebtedness over time.  One, new and affordable simple monthly payment is arrived at with the client to ensure they are comfortable with meeting that payment.

  • The Debt Management Company will then negotiate with the various creditors as to the amount they will each receive monthly.

As you can imagine this involves a fair amount of work and negotiation with the various creditors.

One of the most common types of feedback we receive is that clients are so thankful that we make this process as pain free as possible and we manage to arrange a new debt repayment plan without the clients having to even write one letter.

It is possible to arrange all this yourself, but imagine just for a moment how much time energy and cost would be involved in the process if you were trying to deal directly with your creditors.

  • A client who is already in financial trouble is less likely to be able to cope with such situations as well as trying to negotiate the best terms possible.

Yes, it’s true that a debt management plan will cost you a small amount each month, payable as part of the payment plan and usually included within your monthly payment but the cost is negligible when you consider the many aspects involved in arranging a structured repayment plan yourself.

  • One needs to peek into the management side of a plan to see what is involved and appreciate the complex negotiations a reputable debt management company undertakes on behalf of a client.

Once a sensible monthly payment is agreed, the debt help provider will normally distribute your payments monthly on your behalf to your creditors on a pro-rata basis, minus the costs of the plan.

  • A second question we receive is;

Do I need to pay any legal fees and Do I need to put my property up as security?

The answer to that question is NO in both cases!

A Debt Management Plan is not a legally binding agreement and therefore no legal fees are involved.  If you have a property, this will not be needed for security when entering into an informal debt management plan.

What you will also find is that once a fair payment plan is arrived at, most creditors are very flexible in their attitude towards a debtor.  This is very probably due to the fact that many lenders or loan companies look at it with the attitude that the person involved has taken the positive steps to approach a Debt Management Company and made efforts to re negotiate their debts.

  • This is a very positive move!

They can also be very flexible depending on your track record of repayments.

You must bear in mind that under normal circumstances, debt management plans usually do not deal with but do take into account any secured loans such as mortgages or court fines and any tax arrears. These debts are normally budgeted for within your expenditure part of debt management plans financial statement.

For impartial advice on how a Debt Management Plan can help you right now, contact Lewis Alexander and ask to speak to a personal debt counsellor for free advice.

Professional debt companies like Lewis Alexander understand what people are going through and are willing to offer assistance that allows you to cope in these difficult circumstances.  We will help you review all your finances in private and make a suggestion for a positive solution.

Lewis Alexander Financial Management, offer a first class personal Debt Management Servicenationwide throughout the UK. We are based in Trafford Park, Manchester and we have helped thousands of people in our history.

We have in house specialists who concentrate on debt management and personal debt and loan consolidation and we have been looking after a great number of our clients for many years now.

Call Lewis Alexander on their personal debt helpline using 0800 018 6868, our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your call is free.

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A Debt Management Plan that Works

On December 5, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • “A Debt Management Plan that actually worked, thank you so much”
  • “You did what you said you would, I am now debt free”
  • “It was a struggle but you gave me the support I needed”

The above are comments from within client testimonial letters, received by Lewis Alexander Financial Management.

We have been reading through some of the many letters and emails we receive from clients that have been using the services of a Lewis Alexander debt management plan.  The identity of the person has been changed to maintain their privacy of course and permission has been received from them to list the letter on our blog.

“I just wanted to write and let you know that since contacting your company I have been making progress with my life and my personal debt.  Before I contacted your team, I was going through a very difficult time, since I had never before been in any kind of financial arrears or personal debt but I found myself exasperated at circumstances with my work and the debt that I had built up due to compounding problems in my personal life.  I had done my research on quite a few companies and your company came up in my online searches, so I took the plunge and gave you a call on your free from a landline debt helpline.  That was a very difficult decision to make but I had realised that once I accepted my situation and that I had to accept my own part in the process, I had to take action and do something about it.  I wanted to let you know that it was probably the best decision I made.  You personally answered my call and put me at ease straight away and were very sympathetic to my predicament.  The mere fact that you listened to my debt problems and came up with solutions with regard to the debt management plan and the various paths that I could go down lifted a huge burden that I had been carrying around with me.  I know that it was affecting me and everyone around me.  Once you outlined what I needed to do and the details I needed to send to you so that you could work out what I could reasonably afford to pay and manage my debt, I felt like I could go out and get on with my life again.  The fact that you were also able to negotiate with my creditors with the repayment plan we came up with was a leap in helping me along and coping with the mountain of worry I had built up.  I had worries of the bailiffs and debt collectors turning up from the credit companies who I had not been able to pay and realised that had I not buried my head in the sand so to speak earlier, I would have been in a much better situation.  Once the debt management plan was in place, I was almost a different person. Knowing that I would be sending all the nasty letters received from my creditors directly to you to deal with every week and not worrying about it made a huge difference to my daily life.  May I thank you for at first helping me come to terms with my mounting personal debt problem, helping me to deal with the situation by talking to me when I needed someone to talk to about my concerns and finally, negotiating with my creditors for a reduction of interest and charges being applied to my accounts.  I would not have been able to do that on my own, regardless of my past business successes and knowledge!”

Allan – (Real Identity hidden due to data protection)

That was an extract of part of a letter we received after we accepted Allan as a client and we were able to help him deal with his debt worries and work out a solution for an affordable debt management plan.

Please be aware that we try to help people in these situations and no two people will have the same circumstances, we will advise the best way forward depending on the individuals current circumstance.

A debt management plan may be one of the options that we suggest for you. You must make the first move and contact our team, so that we can discuss your personal financial problems.

Lewis Alexander offer a first class national debt management service throughout the UK.  We are based in Manchester and have helped thousands of people in our history.  We have in house specialists who concentrate on debt management plans and personal loan consolidation and we have been looking after a great number of our clients for many years now.

Call Lewis Alexander using their personal debt helpline 0800 018 6868, lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your call is free.

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Debt Help and Advice in Scotland

On November 27, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • Do you live in Scotland?
  • Are you in need of Personal Debt Help and Advice?
  • Is the difference bewteen debt assistance in Scotland and England confusing you?

For most people that live in Scotland, the differences between debt solutions that are available in England compared to those in Scotland can be some what confusing to say the least.  If you have previously taken advice from debt agencies and are still struggling to understand the various options available to clear your debts as a Scottish resident, please read this blog post further as we believe this will help you.

  • Trust Deed

Most people are now familiar with the term IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement), for those that are not, it is a legal agreement between you and your creditors in England ONLY, and is a form of Insolvency that allows you to pay back an amount of the money you owe within a set or fixed period of time, usually 60 months or 5 years.  The remainder of what you owe that has not been repaid is then written off by your creditors leaving you debt free.

  • The Trust Deed, is very simply the Scottish alternative to the IVA in England.  The difference is that in Scotland, the Trust Deed lasts for 36 months, not 60 months like an IVA in England.

Creditors are not duty bound to agree to Trust Deeds as they do need to make sure that they are obtaining a satisfactory percentage of the total debt to be repaid.  This is not always possible when the clients circumstances are investigated as the client sometimes does not have enough disposable income (the money left over after essential bills and living costs) each month to meet the financial repayments, in this case the client can then consider a debt management plan or Bankruptcy.

  • YOU SHOULD NOT APPLY FOR ANY FURTHER CREDIT ONCE ACCEPTED ONTO A TRUST DEED!

A Trustee will manage your Protected Trust Deed for you and Trust Deeds can only become protected if certain requirements are met by the individual, if the Trust Deed becomes protected, your creditors cannot take legal action against you and the interest or charges on your personal debt will become frozen.

You will NOT be charged to enter a Trust Deed arrangement, your creditors are responsible for paying your Trustee out of the contributions you make whilst the agreement is in place.

  • Bankruptcy in Scotland is sometimes referred to by some as Sequestration

Sequestration involves removing or seizing a persons belongings or assets, to a value of the debt owed with a view to being of financial benefit to the creditor owed the money or in some cases this can be for monies owed to the Scottish state.

Laws in Scotland that appertain to personal debt and finance agreements can vary based on what type of agreement you have signed and with which company or lender.  For an exact definition of different legal agreements, you should without question consider speaking with a Scottish Insolvency Practitioner or solicitor.

The above is a very basic explanation designed to give you a brief outline of the differences between, debt help in Scotland and that to the rest of the UK.  For a more detailed explanation you can contact our personal debt helpline which is open 24 hours a day.

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How does Debt Consolidation work?

On November 27, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • How does Debt Consolidation work?
  • What is the best way to get Debt Help?

In our business of managing hundreds of clients finances and helping them with their debt consolidation, we have found that the biggest cause of stress in families is always regarding their personal debt and how best to manage the debt problem that can spiral out of control very easily.

We find that many people are not aware of the debt help that is available for people who genuinely want to reduce their debt and be able to cope with managing their income and expenditure.

There are many financial companies who have an excellent track record in helping people in this situation and these companies are able to ease their clients’ worries very quickly.

Debt consolidation is one method that can be used very effectively to reduce your outgoings and balance it with your in comings, especially with expert help.

  • Many people need educating in what one needs to do in this situation!

Contacting a debt consolidation company will help and educate them as to what decisions need to be made to effectively manage the current situation in the best possible way.  This in itself is a way that a client can receive immediate relief from the worries of not being able to cope financially and the ability to sit down or talk to a consultant over the phone will have long term benefits for the individuals financial future.

Over the many years of managing and clearing clients debts, our experience tells us that once a client contacts a debt management or debt consolidation company, they are put at ease, knowing that that they will not have to deal with a bailiff or collection agent knocking on their door demanding monies that they cannot afford.  The fact that the debt agency is there to help in this situation makes a huge difference.

  • What Is Debt Consolidation?

In the simplest terms, debt consolidation means that you take all of your individual unsecured or secured repayments such as credit cards, overdrafts, loans and catalogues etc and put them all together as one full amount owed. This full amount is the amount that is then arranged into one consolidated loan, offering the benefit of making one lower, affordable and reduced monthly repayment over a longer period initially, if necessary with the effect of reducing ones monthly outgoings.

  • The main purpose of this is to;

1)  Reduce the total amount of debt – this can be achieved effectively when you work closely with one lender who will pay off all your outstanding debt and consolidate it into one monthly repayment.

2)  Create one new payment to a new lender that is far smaller than all the individual payments to various lenders. Debt consolidation companies have much more experience dealing with lenders in this scenario and can also negotiate a much better rate of interest, effectively reducing your overall personal debt.

3)  Allowing you in time to reduce your overall debt if you can make slightly larger payments in due course will have the net effect that you would pay much less in interest over the whole period.

  • One of the benefits that occurs as a result of the above is that you end up with a much better organized financial statement regarding your income and expenditure.

We all find that many bills to pay means you have to be so much better organised and able to meet all the various payments at the due dates or end up paying penalties for late payments, causing you to pay much more in the long run and also affecting your credit rating along the way.

One outgoing for a loan is much easier managed than 10 different payments to various lenders!

  • What are my options when Consolidating my Debt?

1)  If you own your own home and have a reasonable amount of equity in your home you may consider the route of refinancing your existing mortgage to pay off other debts which will reduce your overall interest paid.

2)  If you have a fairly good credit rating you may be able to obtain a personal loan and many people would favor this as the equity in their homes has been drastically reduced in the last few years. You can find out more information about these specialist loans from good debt consolidation companies or debt counselors.

3)  If you have credit cards with large balances then you may opt to transfer all your other debts onto one single card, but you will end up paying higher interest or charges with this method.

4)  Many times you may be able to get help or assistance from family and friends, however, when one wants to keep a certain amount of privacy with financial affairs, most people are swayed against this course of action unless they have very good and open relations with family.  You are also likely to create tensions in family when the last thing you need is further tension, lack of privacy and stress.

5)  Seeking out a professional debt consolidation company – For many people this would be the best option, working closely with a time served and reputable company who have specialists in debt consolidation, debt management and debt reduction will really help you. The advantage is in the fact that they have an in depth knowledge of the areas concerned and also have very good working relationships with banks, credit card companies and general debt collectors and lenders. It is possible in many cases that they are able to negotiate better rates of interest and settlements.

It is important to note here that lately, there has been a surge in new companies operating in this debt arena, many of whom have very little track record and your interests are, shall we say, not their first priority!  It is very important that you do your homework and work with only the best companies that are prepared to look after your interests first, not their own.

Lewis Alexander Financial Management offer a first class personal Debt Management Service, nationwide throughout the UK. We are based in Manchester and we have helped thousands of client’s in our history.  We have in house specialists who concentrate on debt management and loan consolidation and we have been looking after a great number of our clients for many years now.

Call Lewis Alexander on their personal debt helpline using 0800 018 6868, our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and your call is free.

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Struggling with debt?

On November 25, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander

If you are struggling with debt in the UK, you must obtain personal debt advice as soon as possible.

  • Unable to manage monthly repayments?
  • Are you receiving letters and calls from credit card and loan companies?
  • Have you missed payments on any of your credit agreements?

If you answered YES to any of the above, you need personal debt information that will assist you in clearing debts without further loans.  Struggling with debt in the long term is not the way forward and the sooner you find away to end your debt, the better!

There are many different debt solutions which you can explore to find the one that suits you best, what you do need is the correct advice and this is not always available.  The reason for this is due to most debt companies wanting to take you down the route that is most profitable to them, not YOU!

The most usual ways to clear your debt without another loan are listed below;

Debt Management

IVA in England or Trust Deed in Scotland

Going Bankrupt

You may have already considered some of the above if you are struggling with debts and may not have received the correct advice based on your current situation.

At Lewis Alexander, we specialise in helping people every day who are struggling to clear their personal debts, we do this without the individual having to take on further credit or loan agreements.

We will be able to help you! All you need to do is call our personal debt helpline in confidence and have a brief confidential chat with one of our experts.  This way you are not paying for the advice and you can compare our debt help to other companies you my have spoken with, or are about to speak with.

  • Call free today, what have got to lose apart from ten minutes of your time?
  • You may even find that after our brief chat, your problem is not as bad as you originally thought, which in itself is a massive relief to most people.
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Information about Free Charity Debt Management Services!

On November 13, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander
  • Free debt management services and information about who really funds these free debt companies or debt charities in the UK.

  • Financial charities that offer a free debt management plan can certainly not be expecting all their staff to work for free! So who is funding these free debt services or so called charities.

Your creditors are possibly on the large list of banks and credit companies that contribute funds to free debt management charities, these funds are paid to the charities from the banks and credit companies for the work undertaken on clients files.

We are proud at Lewis Alexander that we do charge the client directly and transparently for our debt management service, these charges are all agreed upon with you first and you are not tied into any formal agreement of any type whilst utilising our informal debt service.

  • You are free to leave at any time!
  • We only ask for your personal commitment to our plan for your financial recovery.

Not all debt charities are the same, some are totally free debt services such as the governments CAB or Citizens Advice Bureau.

If you wish to discuss how Lewis Alexander could help you better understand personal debt management, please contact our personal debt helpline today using 0800 018 6868 our lines are open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!  Your call is free from a landline.

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IVA or Debt Management Plan?

On November 7, 2009, in News, by Lewis Alexander
IVA or Debt Management
IVA or Debt Management

The most difficult decision when trying to clear personal debts can be which debt solution to choose after doing all your homework on the options available.

  • Debt Management Plans or
  • IVAIndividual Voluntary Arrangements
  • are usually the two solutions that people have to decide between. When faced with the two options, there are many factors that influence the choice of informal debt management over an IVA and likewise, an IVA over a debt management plan.

It is very important that you understand the differences between these debt solutions, as if you do not, you could easily have the wool pulled over your eyes by a clever and unscrupulous debt advisor that wants to earn extra commission for placing you onto an IVA as opposed to an informal Debt Management Plan.

A professional debt management company such as Lewis Alexander will offer you advice tailored to your personal situation and if you are better suited to a debt management plan rather than personal Insolvency or an IVA, we will tell you, however, you make the final decision based on the debt advice given to you.

It is your choice no one Else’s!

When you are in debt it can feel like everyone else does not understand your particular situation and that you feel that your debt problems are some how different to all others.  This is not true, it is actually a mental stigma associated with being in personal debt, you are not alone and your financial problem is usually pretty much the same as others around you, it is your personal change in circumstance that will differ to other peoples, this is what creates the problem of being in debt in the first place.

Some people split from partners or others suffer a death in the family, others may have hours at work reduce resulting in less income, the list is endless but what is the same is the debt problem that people find themselves with due to being set back financially by the change in circumstance they may have suffered.

The main difference between an IVA and Debt Management Plan (DMP) is that

  • An IVA is a legally binding agreement
  • A debt management plan is not.

With a debt management plan you can expect to repay much of what you owe.  With an IVA, the debt that is not repaid within a 60 month period is then written off by your creditors, this is agreed at a creditors meeting prior to the IVA commencing.

The IVA will guarantee to freeze any interest or charges being applied to your accounts, a debt management plan will not and it is down to the hard work and efforts put in by your chosen debt management company as to how quickly your debt is reduced, make your selection regarding your chosen debt company or debt service carefully!

  • The cost of choosing or selecting the wrong debt company or agency to solve your debt problems can be as high as the interest being applied by your creditors to your accounts.
  • The wrong debt company will have no concern on actually getting the job done, they are more concerned with extracting funds from you and fobbing you off with none truths.

For honest, genuine, debt advice and help in the UK, call our free from a landline personal debt helpline today using 0800 018 6868, your personal details are dealt with in absolute confidence and your call is free!

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