Look for information about the Statute of Limitations right away! By paying or promising to pay old debts, you may be shooting yourself in the foot by reactivating a debt that isn't collectable now. Debt consolidation companies are not attorneys and cannot provide you with legal advice about the defenses you may have that would allow you to pay these creditors nothing at all! Hope this perspective helps!
Ms. Bunce make an excellent point. Without accurate information regarding your legal obligation on the old debts, you are not sufficiently prepared to make payment arrangements in you own best interests. If debt management assistance becomes necessary you will be better served by a truly non-profit agency (not just the one who advertise on TV to be non-profit. For accurate information on local resources you are lucky to have the excellent Jacksonville Area Legal Aid office.
Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.
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First make sure to check and see if the statute of limitations has run on the debt. Second I do not recommend using a debt consolidation company. I would recommend meeting with a bankruptcy attorney in your area to go over your options. Many people think that bankruptcy is an awful thing and will often seek the advise of a bankruptcy attorney as a last resort when in fact they should have consulted with one at the onset of the problem. Many attorneys offer free consultations and you may be surprised of what a bankruptcy can do.
Michael Ferrin, Esq.
Anderson & Ferrin Attorneys at Law P.A.
1214 E. Livingston St
Orlando, FL 32803
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