I have a credit card debt problem with Discover Card. I personally have $6000 on my Discover Card and $2000 on a Dillard’s Card. I’m now current on my cards but because of financial problems I was unable to make a payment for 3 months and my credit score is now 630 down from 700. My bigger problem is I’m a co-signer on my mother’s Discover Card which is $4000 above the credit limit and no payment was made on it for 3 months. She became ill with cancer and was then involved in a car wreck. She wanted to take my name off of the account but Discover said no. They also said it was affecting my credit score as well. I wanted Discover to relieve me of the interest and lower my payment and they said no. Is there any way to resolve this without bankruptcy?
The only way I know of is to pay them down.
As a co-signer you cannot be removed. That's the deal you make when you co-sign. You are essentially agreeing it is your card too. I'm actually surprised your score did not drop more. If it hits 120 days it will. (if the balance was zero some banks will let you get removed. Basically they run her credit to see if she can get the card on her own)
Call Discover, explain the situation. It does not sound like you are going to be able to pay the joint card and your card too. At this point it is all your card. Expect Discover to shut down both cards if you don't make an arrangement with them.
Your options are 1)pay them off 2)let it charge off 3)bankruptcy
Like I said I would call and explain the situation with your mother and see what options they give you. You might also try writing a letter. That type of stuff use to work many years ago. I don't know if banks still respond but it is worth a shot.
Search this forum, there is a thread about legit credit counseling agencies. They can negotiate on your behalf. DO NOT use someone you found via Google. Also many local communites have people that will also do it pro bono (for free). Again don't pay any money to anyone you found online that claims they can they can help you.
I highly doubt BK is an option with only approx 8k in debt unless you are a super low earner. So options are paying them back or stiffing them and hoping they don't garnish your wages by a court order or working out a payment plan. Best bet it to get a second job and you will have it paid back in no-time.. With regards to your mothers cards as other stated you co-signed so you are liable for the debt.