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Debt Relief Options for Asheville Residents: A Guide from Lawyers


At Pitts, Hay & Hugenschmidt, we understand that managing debt can be overwhelming and stressful. As Asheville residents face various financial challenges, it’s crucial to be aware of the available debt relief options that can provide a pathway to financial stability. In this guide, we will explore several strategies that can help you regain control of your finances.

Understanding Your Debt Situation

Assess Your Financial Position

The first step towards debt relief is a comprehensive assessment of your financial situation. This involves listing all your debts, including the amounts, interest rates, and creditors. Understanding the total debt and the cost of carrying that debt is essential in crafting an effective debt relief strategy.

Seek Legal Consultation

Consulting with a legal expert who specializes in debt management can provide insights and options tailored to your specific financial circumstances. At Pitts, Hay & Hugenschmidt, our experienced attorneys are equipped to guide you through the complexities of debt law and help you make informed decisions.

Debt Relief Strategies

Debt Settlement

Debt settlement involves negotiating with creditors to allow you to pay a lump sum that is less than the total amount you owe. It can be an effective way to resolve outstanding debts without paying the full amount.

Pros of Debt Settlement

  • Reduces the total debt amount.
  • Provides a quicker resolution compared to other debt relief options.
  • Stops accumulating interest on settled debts.

Cons of Debt Settlement

  • Can negatively impact your credit score.
  • Not all creditors may agree to negotiate.
  • May lead to taxable income on the forgiven debt portion.

Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation combines multiple debts into a single debt, typically with a lower interest rate. This strategy simplifies your monthly payments and can reduce the amount of interest you pay over time.

Pros of Debt Consolidation

  • Simplifies the payment process by consolidating various debts into one payment.
  • Potentially lowers the interest rate on your debt.
  • Can improve credit over time if payments are made consistently.

Cons of Debt Consolidation

  • May extend the debt period.
  • Requires a good credit score to obtain favorable terms.
  • Potential fees associated with consolidation loans.


Filing for bankruptcy can be a viable option for those who cannot realistically pay off their debts. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the most common types of bankruptcy filed by individuals.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

  • Liquidates your assets to pay off as much debt as possible.
  • The process can be completed in a few months.
  • Most remaining unsecured debts are discharged.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

  • Creates a repayment plan to pay off debts over three to five years.
  • Allows you to keep your property.
  • Can help manage large debts like a mortgage or car loan.

Considerations for Bankruptcy

  • Significant negative impact on your credit score for up to 10 years.
  • Not all debts can be discharged (e.g., student loans, alimony).
  • Requires thorough legal guidance to navigate.

Credit Counseling and Financial Education

Engaging in credit counseling and financial education programs can also be beneficial. These programs help you understand credit management, budgeting, and maintaining financial stability.

Benefits of Credit Counseling

  • Helps create a manageable budget that aligns with your financial goals.
  • Offers guidance on improving your financial habits.
  • Provides a structured plan for debt repayment.


Navigating through debt relief options can be complex and requires careful consideration of your financial situation and long-term objectives. At Pitts, Hay & Hugenschmidt, we are committed to providing the residents of Asheville with the legal guidance needed to explore these options effectively. Whether it’s settling debts, consolidating them, or considering bankruptcy, our team is here to assist you every step of the way.

To learn more about how we can help you manage your debts and regain financial stability, contact us today for a consultation. Our experienced team is ready to support you in achieving your financial goals and leading a debt-free life.

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