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3.3
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

% of debt settled
35%

Accreditations

AFCC or IAPDA
AFCC

Free Consultation

is one included?
Yes

Time in Business

total # of years
7 years

Min. Debt

Min. debt accepted
$5,000

Guarantee

money back guarantee?
No

Number of Reviews

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0

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
3.3 /10

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9.1 /10

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Review Last Updated: November 15, 2018

As the name suggests, National Settlement Services offers debt settlement programs for consumers under economic hardship, helping them to reduce the total amount of debt owed to their creditors. They assist in relieving clients of harassing creditor calls and have established professional relationships with some the nation’s leading creditors.

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Price (% of debt)
Smallest Debt Accepted
Review

#1

15-25%
$7,500

#2

15-25%
$7,500

#3

15-25%
$7,500

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35%
$5,000

The Good

National Settlement Services provides a gateway for consumers under the crushing weight of unsecured debt to realize financial freedom. To begin the process, consumers are offered a free consultation where a debt relief evaluation will assess the financial hardship of consumers and determine qualification. Once enrolled in the program, clients will be required to set up a trust, or Special Purpose Account, with Global Client Solutions where a monthly predetermined amount of money is saved. Funds accumulated in the account will be used to begin the negotiation process. When clients agree upon an amount, the company will require their service fee, which is higher than many of the leading industry competitors at 35 percent of the total amount of saved in the settlement.

We like that this company has established strong professional relationships with some of the nation’s largest and most reputable creditors. This gives negotiators a little more leverage when it comes down to overall debt reduction.

In addition, clients are able to access their personal accounts via an online client portal. A private pin number will be given upon enrollment enabling clients to track the settlement progress and communicate directly with their financial consultant.

Highlights of this company include:

  • Free consultation
  • Online Dashboard
  • $5,000 minimum enrollment

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The Bad

We have a few concerns with this company. Many of the complaints are due to mailings the company sent out with consumers’ private information listed on a postcard such as their name, the total amount of debt consumers were in, on top of who the creditor is. It seems more like a risky tactic to take when reaching out to a customer base. We would like to see them show a little more consumer privacy and reduce the total amount of “junk mail” they send out.

Their service fees are higher than many of the industry leader, ringing in at 35 percent of the total amount of debt “saved.” Representatives were sure to clearly state the fee was on the amount saved, although an example they gave us was, “If you enroll $10,000 then our fee would be $3,500,” which indicates their fee at 35 percent of the total amount of debt enrolled. This lack of clear pricing helps us point our visitors in a different direction.

We would like to see this company do more for clients in terms of educational resources. They have none to offer at this time.

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The Bottom Line

National Settlement Services provides settlement with a higher price tag than others. They lack some important accreditations along with educational tools and resources to help clients maintain financial freedom. Overall, because lack of transparency, we feel there are better companies for debt settlement.

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  • Takes your existing debt and try to settle with your creditors for a lower amount. If you pay off the settled amount, your debt will be considered paid in full.
  • Negotiates with your creditors on your behalf.
  • Fee based on a percentage of your total starting debt or a percentage of the debt they save you.
  • Most settlement companies have you create a separate "escrow" account where you will make monthly contributions over a certain amount of time to contribute to your settlement. Once there is a substantial amount of funds to show your creditors, the settlement company will try to negotiate a lower amount of debt.
  • Combines all your debts and creditors into one monthly payment.
  • Allows you to pay one monthly payment to the consolidation company, instead of multiple payments to different creditors.
  • You no longer owe your original creditors; instead you pay one monthly payment to your consolidation company.
  • Consolidation companies can help negotiate lower interest rates on your debts and help lower your total debt payment in the long run. A lower interest rate will lower the amount you owe in the end.
  • Allows you to consolidate all your different debts into one personal loan that can be paid off over time.
  • Can offer borrowers a lower interest rate with a longer payback term (compared to high-interest credit cards or medical bills). This will lower the amount of money required to pay off the loan over time.
  • Personal loan debt consolidation can be an effective way to raise your credit score quickly (within 3-6 months).
  • Borrowers can receive funds from their loan within only a few days.

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Our Score
3.3
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

% of debt settled
35%

Accreditations

AFCC or IAPDA
AFCC

Free Consultation

is one included?
Yes

Time in Business

total # of years
7 years

Min. Debt

Min. debt accepted
$5,000

Guarantee

money back guarantee?
No

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
0

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
3.3 /10

Freedom Debt Relief

Compared to industry leader
9.1 /10
Our Score
9.1
User Score
9.0
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

% of total debt
15-25%

Accreditations

AFCC or IAPDA
AFCC & IAPDA

Free Consultation

is one included?
Yes

Time in Business

total # of years
15 Years

Min. Debt

Min. debt accepted
$7,500

Guarantee

money back guarantee?
Yes

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
1,059

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
3.3 /10