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Battling Debt in Wisconsin? How to Settle and Find Relief

Posted by Nathan DeLadurantey | Apr 10, 2024

Living in Wisconsin and struggling with debt? You're not alone. Many people find themselves facing overwhelming financial obligations. The good news is, there are options for debt settlement in Wisconsin. This blog post will explore some strategies to help you find relief.

Understanding Debt Settlement:

Debt settlement involves negotiating with creditors to pay less than the total amount you owe. This can be a tempting option, especially for high-interest debts. However, it's crucial to understand the implications:

  • Impact on Credit Score: Debt settlement can significantly lower your credit score for several years.

  • Tax Implications: The forgiven debt amount may be considered taxable income by the IRS.

Considering Debt Settlement Options in Wisconsin:

  • Self-Negotiation: You can directly contact your creditors and attempt to negotiate a settlement yourself. Be prepared to explain your financial hardship and propose a realistic payment offer.

  • Debt Settlement Company: A debt settlement company negotiates with creditors on your behalf for a fee. Carefully research companies and choose a reputable one registered with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (

Alternatives to Consider:

  • Debt Management Plan: A credit counseling agency can create a debt management plan to consolidate your debts and negotiate lower interest rates.

  • Debt Consolidation Loan: This involves taking out a new loan to pay off existing debts. Look for a loan with a lower interest rate than your current debts.

  • Bankruptcy: While a last resort, bankruptcy can provide a fresh financial start by discharging some or all of your debts. Consult with a bankruptcy attorney to understand the eligibility requirements and long-term consequences.

Getting Help:

  • Non-Profit Credit Counseling: Non-profit credit counseling agencies offer free or low-cost financial advice and debt management plans. Search for agencies certified by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (

  • Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions: Provides resources and information on financial literacy and consumer protection, including debt management (

Remember: Debt settlement is a complex process. Carefully weigh the pros and cons, explore all your options, and consider seeking professional guidance from a credit counselor or attorney before proceeding.

Attorney Nathan DeLadurantey offers free consultations to explain your legal rights in Wisconsin. Free consultations can be scheduled online. 

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