Will my credit card company punish me for carrying debt?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2016 | Credit Card Debt |

Credit card debt occurs when an individual fails to pay off the person’s balance in full and carries over owed money to subsequent credit card bills. When a person cannot pay down this credit card debt it can become a difficult financial obligation to manage. One way that Tennessee residents can avoid the wrath of credit card companies and their debt collection practices is to understand how those companies will pursue their borrowers’ debts as stipulated in their credit card agreements.

A credit card is an offer of credit to a consumer; a consumer has to accept that offer through an agreement before the person becomes responsible for its maintenance. All contracts utilize an offer and acceptance model for their formations but unlike contracts for employment or other goods, credit card agreements are generally nonnegotiable or eligible to be modified by consumers. As such, a consumer can be sure that the person understands all of the terms of the agreement prior to accepting it and this can be a good way for the person to understand what will happen if he falls into credit card debt.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers a simple tool to help consumers understand their credit card contracts. It is a credit card agreement that defines terms and provides insights into what certain terms may mean for credit card holders. The tools provides a general overview of what a credit card company may include in its agreement, but readers should be aware that the inclusion of terms in the provided agreement does not mean those terms will appear in their actual credit card contracts.

The model agreement discussed in this post may help some readers better understand the consequences of falling into credit card debt. However, bankruptcy and debt relief attorneys can be valuable resources for people who have specific questions about particular credit card agreements.


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