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Pay debt collectors or Original creditors

Hey y’all. I’ve been lurking for a few weeks and have learned some wonderful things. I’m now at the point of needing help though. I have a bk that will fall off in Sept. However, I was dumb after a few years of filing and got behind. Needless to say I have about 13 baddies! My question is, would it make more sense to try and settle with the original creditors or the collection agencies for a pfd? . Some are recent baddies, most are around 3 years old.
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Re: Pay debt collectors or Original creditors

Who currently owns the debt?

 

Stated differently, does the debt collector only have assigned collection authority, and thus the original creditor still owns the debt, or has the debt collector purchased the debt?

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I believe all but 2 have purchased the debt. I do know that 4 of the baddies are hospital bills, another 2 are for old phone contracts, 3 are from the same credit union, and the rest are misc.
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If the debt has been sold, the original creditor can no longer accept any payment, as you no longer have any debt due to them.

You thus can no longer make a PFD offer to the creditor, and can only now make payment/settlement negotiations with the debt collector.

 

If the creditor still owns the debt, they can still require you to deal only with their assigned debt collector.

It is up to the creditor how or whether they wish to deal directly with you.

Note that if you do reach a payment agreement with the creditor, the creditor cannot make a PFD agreement that includes deletion of anyu reported collection.  Thus, if your primary concern is remova; of the collection, then if you get a PFD from them, you have an assured removal of the collection.

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Thank you, that is very helpful to know.
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