If a consumer has any problems repaying their debts, the first thing to do is to contact the creditors immediately. If they do not make an alternative payment arrangement with the creditor, the creditor can hand the matter over to a debt collector or attorney who will take legal action against the consumer to recover the money owing. If this happens the consumer will end up paying much more for the debt, because of extra interest and legal charges, and will definitely be worse off than before.
For many consumers the experience of receiving legal letters and documents and visits from sheriffs and debt collectors is frightening, confusing and humiliating. Below describes a process that is usually followed when a consumer fails to pay a debt or to make an arrangement with a creditor.