If you are interested in relieving debts, you might be interested to know more about a full and final settlement. Please get in touch for more information.
If you are interested in a full final settlement offer, make certain to speak with our team. We have experts who can help you throughout the settlement process.
If you are interested in a debt settlement, you might want to think about speaking to our team regarding a full and final settlement.
A full and final settlement might be your only option.
Settling debts is a great feeling. There’s a real sense of pride that you’ve accomplished something and it removes the pressure that debt so often brings.
If you are in the fortuitous position to be able to do it, then a settlement offer can help to streamline your outgoings, free up vital money that could be used elsewhere and stop creditors from contacting you.
If you would like more information on what a full settlement is, please complete our enquiry form and we will be able to talk you through the process.
A full settlement sounds great, but what is the meaning behind the term? Whenever you take out a form of debt, whether it be credit card, loan or otherwise, there are terms and conditions attached to it. These terms and conditions will determine:
The interest that you pay is included in your monthly payments, so in effect you are paying interest on the loan right up until you make your final payment. Now, suppose you are able to repay the debt back early - you could offer your creditors a lump sum of money and that would clear the debt in one go.
If they accept your offer of this lump sum then this would be known as a full & final figure.
Your full & final settlement offer is going to have to be fairly close to the original amount that you borrowed. Think of it this way; if you were to lend £1,500 to someone and they asked if you’d take £1,000 to clear it you’d say no, wouldn’t you?
This is the position that you will find yourself in. Understand that your creditors are under no obligation to accept whatever you offer them. They are well within their rights to refuse you. However, this does also go both ways - if they reject your offer and come back with a different figure, you don’t have to agree to their terms either.
A full & final offer is more likely to be accepted if;
Any change to your financial situation must be considered carefully, and this includes debt settlements too. You need to make sure that it is the right approach for you and your situation.
Having enough money to pay off your debts if your creditors agree to a smaller figure sounds massively appealing, but make sure that you speak to a financial expert first. There are negatives to paying debts off early so make sure that you understand what they are before going ahead. Speak to us if you are in any doubts about what to do.
A f&f settlement agreement should come in the form of a letter from your creditor(s). Make sure you keep all correspondence between yourself and your creditor(s) so that you have evidence to back up what you have agreed between you for future reference.
Once the figure has been agreed upon, then and only then, should you make the payment. Again, keep a record of proof of payment for your own records. Your creditors will expect the payment to be made within a certain time frame so make sure that you have the money there ready as they won’t extend it.
When making a proposal to your creditor(s), you should do this via letter. This ensures that there is a traceable record of you having made the offer. Send the letter using signed for delivery so you can show that it has been received.
Your final settlement letter can be sent directly by yourself, but if you want to increase your chances of it being successful then we recommend sending it through a debt management specialist. This gives some gravitas to your offer and should evoke a faster and more professional response.
If you are in doubt as to how much you should offer your creditors then using a f&f settlement calculator will help you tremendously. You’ll need to take into account;
Once you have access to the figures you can input them into the calculator and see which option is best for you. For access to a great calculator, just get in touch with our team.
The biggest thing to bear in mind when considering a full settlement is your credit score. Can a f&f settlement affect my credit score? I hear you ask. Yes, but not in the way you might think...
If you are paying off your debts early you would reasonably assume that this would send your credit rating through the roof, right?
The reason for this is because it will not be registered as paid in full on your credit file, but as ‘partially settled.’ This means that it may stay on your credit file for up to six years and could potentially have a negative effect on your ability to pass for credit in the short term future.
You need to decide how much of an issue this is for you. For example, If you are planning on applying for a mortgage in the next six years, it may affect what kind of package you can apply for.
Deciding what to do can be tricky, so why get in touch and let us help you to decide. We can offer you expert advice, help you to work out the figure for your full and final settlement and provide recommendations of how to disperse your funds correctly.