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Creditor Communication Check List & Sample Debt Letters

To help things proceed as smoothly as possible, if you send a letter to your creditors making a special request, it would be a good idea to follow this checklist:

  1. Make a list of all of your current sources of income.
  2. List all of your weekly and monthly expenses – include all of your spending. Don’t forget to include a monthly estimate of your necessary seasonal expenses.
  3. Consider your assets – what may be at risk if you are not able to pay.
  4. Find out if any of your debts are co-signed, joint or guaranteed. If you are not able to pay, the other person(s) may have to.
  5. Gather your supporting information. Prepare a brief summary of your expenses.
  6. Write a letter to your creditors to briefly outline your situation. See further note below.
  7. Fax or mail your letter and supporting information to your creditors. Keep proof that they received it.
  8. Follow through with all commitments you outlined to your creditors in a timely manner. Make a note on your calendar if you need to send a payment or when you need to provide an update as to your situation.

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      Caution: The sample letters below may not be appropriate for all types of situations. Please read this note before using these sample letters.     


Sample Debt Letters

See: Sample letter "reduced payment"
See: Sample letter "no ability to make payment"
See: Sample letter "forgiveness of debt"

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