Have $7,000 in credit card debt? This connection service may be able to help.
Struggling with credit card payments and no end in sight? California Debt Relief may be able to connect you with a debt relief company that can help — whether you’re looking for debt settlement or coaching to do it yourself.
Only California residents can take advantage, though. And you need to have at least in credit card debt to be considered.
California Debt Relief details
Services offered: Debt settlement, debt consolidation, debt coaching and bankruptcy services from third parties.
As a debt relief connection service, California Debt Relief charges no fees to connect you with a company that may be able to help. Your ultimate costs depend on the debt relief provider you’re matched with and the program you sign up for.
However, in the fine print on California Debt Relief’s website, it mentions that some debt consolidation companies may charge a one-time enrollment fee between $25 and $75. You may also be on the hook for a monthly program administration fee that can vary from $5 to $75 depending on the number of creditors you owe.
How much could I save with California Debt Relief?
There’s no maximum dollar amount. How much you can save depends on the company you use and your specific financial situation, including how much debt you owe. However, you can use California Debt Relief’s savings calculator to get an idea of your potential savings.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of California Debt Relief?
Variety of services covered. This connection service can help you find several types of debt relief programs, not just debt settlement.
Quality-screened partners. California Debt Relief only connects you with BBB-accredited debt relief companies.
Calculates your best options. The website’s savings calculator helps you find the right type of debt relief program to maximize your savings.
Limited to credit card debt. California Debt Relief is restricted if your drowning in medical bills or debt from unsecured personal loans.
High minimum debt amount. You won’t be able to get connected with a debt relief company if you have less than in debt.
Limited to California. As the name suggests, the site will only connect you with debt relief companies in California.
Not a direct debt relief provider. While California Debt Relief can help match you with a debt relief company, it doesn’t offer these services itself.
Debt relief companies typically charge a percentage of a customer’s debt or a monthly program fee for their services. And they aren’t always transparent about these costs or drawbacks that can negatively affect your credit score. You might pay other fees for third-party settlement services or setting up new accounts, which can leave you in a worse situation than when you signed up.
Consider alternatives before signing up with a debt relief company:
Payment extensions. Companies you owe may be willing to extend your payment due date or put you on a longer payment plan if you ask.
Nonprofit credit counseling. Look for free debt-management help from nonprofit organizations like the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
Debt settlement. If you can manage to pay a portion of the bill, offer the collection agency a one-time payment as a settlement. Collection agencies are often willing to accept a lower payment on your debt to close the account.
What is California Debt Relief?
Founded in 2005, California Debt Relief is a connection service for California debt relief companies accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It helps match customers with local services, including debt consolidation, debt settlement and DIY debt counseling.
What do users say about California Debt Relief?
Though California Debt Relief lacks customer reviews or testimonials, it’s accredited with the BBB and earns an A+ rating as of March 2019. What’s more, the service exclusively connects users with BBB-accredited debt relief companies.
Still, we recommend looking up online reviews of the debt relief company you’re connected with to see what former clients have to say about their experience.
Is it safe to use California Debt Relief?
How do I get started?
Follow these steps to get connected with a debt relief company through California Debt Relief:
Go to the California Debt Relief website.
Select how much credit card debt you have and click GetSavings Estimate.
Select how much lower your monthly payments need to be to afford your credit card payments. Click Continue.
Select whether you have any other debts. Click Continue.
Enter your contact details and click Get Savings Estimate.
From there, California Debt Relief will outline your estimated monthly and total savings, as well as how quickly you can get out of debt. You’ll then receive a phone call from a debt relief specialist to review your estimate and discuss debt relief companies in your area that can help.
I’ve signed up. What happens next?
What happens next depends on the debt relief company you’re connected with and what type of program you sign up for.
A debt settlement program usually involves making monthly payments into a settlement account over three to five years. Once you have enough saved up, the company will negotiate with your creditors to get the amount you owe reduced. If successful, the debt relief company will then repay your creditors with money from your settlement account — and likely withdraw fees for the service.
How do I get in touch with California Debt Relief customer service?
You have three ways to get in touch with a California Debt Relief customer service member:
Mail: Envoy Media Group, Inc. 19350 Business Center Drive Suite 101 Northridge, CA 91324
If you have more than in credit card debt, California Debt Relief may be able to connect you with a debt relief company that can help. You need to live in California to qualify, though.
California Debt Relief’s qualification calculator can help you explore what debt relief options are available for you. In general, you’ll need to have at least in credit card debt and live in California to qualify for any of its partners’ services.
Not at this time, though it does have sister sites that might service your area.
California Debt Relief is owned and operated by Envoy Media Group. It also owns other debt relief connection services around the US, including Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Steven Dashiell is a credit cards staff writer at Finder. He's worked on over 150 Finder articles to help readers embrace and maximize credit cards. Steven has nearly a decade of research and reporting experience, and has also been a reporter and editor for several healthcare newsletters.
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