If you are a small business and you owe a debt, it may be helpful to think proactively and consider beginning negotiations with your creditors. This is often a good way to reduce your debt and get some relief from troublesome calls from creditors. However, if you decide to bargain with your creditors, be sure to avoid some common pitfalls. By knowing what not to do, you can increase your chance of successful negotiations.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when negotiating with their creditors:
Not knowing if your debt is secured or unsecured
It is critical to understand that there are two main kinds of debt: secured and unsecured.
- Secured creditors. have an interest in some sort of asset (car, boat, land, and the like). If you don’t pay the debt, this creditor is allowed to take the property.
- Unsecured creditors. These types of creditors allow debtors to purchase goods on credit without any security. If the debtor does not pay, this creditor cannot go to the debtor’s home and take back the merchandise.
Beware: some unsecured creditors may try to convince the debtor that they are actually secured creditors and will threaten to seize property. Thus, if you know whether the debt is secured or unsecured, you likely won’t be tricked by this deceptive tactic.
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Attorney Andrew Weisblatt
Mr. Weisblatt has practiced continuously since becoming licensed in 1992 and has represented businesses ranging in size from one person start-up ventures to multi-national corporations employing hundreds of people in multiple countries. From 2005 through 2009 Mr. Weisblatt was in-house counsel and chief operating officer of a multi-national corporation in the steel products industry. That in-house position provided valuable insight into how businesses work and what they actually need from their lawyers – both in-house and outside counsel.