This debt options comparison chart provides Connecticut residents with information about their debt options and will assist you in making an informed decision as to whether bankruptcy or debt settlement is right for you. Feel free to contact our office with any questions.

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This Chart is not a definitive representation on the positives and negatives either option so it’s advised to discuss your case with your bankruptcy attorney.

+ Debt Management

Also known as Credit Counseling
+ (Positives) – (Negatives)
Might obtain a good credit score Might not obtain a good credit score
Private Most Expensive Option
Can be sued but less likely Can be sued
Avoid Bankruptcy Low rate of Completion of DM Plans-50% est
100% repayment 100% repayment-higher monthly payment than DS- 60 months; you still pay interest on the debt
Some Creditor Harassment
No Automatic Stay against Creditor as in Bankruptcy

+ Debt Settlement

Also known as Debt Settlement – Debt Negotiation
+ (Positives) – (Negatives)
Private—No public disclosure of personal information. No public hearings. Income Taxes—cancellation of debt can be ‘imputed income’ but not if your are insolvent
Avoid Bankruptcy Credit Score will be poor during the entire program
Less Expensive than Debt Management or Credit Counseling -Smaller total pay-out Interest, penalties, late fees continued to run
Lower Monthly Payment than Debt Management or Credit Counseling. You aren’t paying interest on the debt. Credit Harassment more likely than Debt Management
Can be preferable to Chapter 13 where Trustee insists on a 100% dividend to unsecured creditors. Doesn’t Stop Law Suits or garnishments
Might have a lower monthly payment than in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy 24–60 months to complete Debt Settlement Plan
Payment in full on debts versus pro rata payments in Chapter 13-more debts are settled quicker. Low rate of completion
No Automatic Stay against Creditors as in bankruptcy