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FAQs Top 10

  1. What is DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA?
  2. Is DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA a Debt Management or Debt Consolidation Service?
  3. How long does the Credit Restoration Process take?
  4. Bill collectors call me repeatedly at home and on my job. What can I do? What are my rights?
  5. I've been thinking about filing for bankruptcy. How would it affect my credit record?
  6. I have previously filed for Bankruptcy. Can Credit Restoration still help me?
  7. I am a victim of Identity Theft. Is it possible to repair the damage to my credit record?
  8. How does Credit Restoration help the small business owner?
  9. Can you create a new credit record file?
  10. How do I start the Credit Restoration Process?

 

What is DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA?

DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA is a Private Consulting Firm that specializes in Consumer and Commercial Business Credit Restoration. Our services are provided and recognized nationally. We provide services under a Short Term (4 Month/Extendable) Service Contract. Full Disclosure of our Initial Retainer Amount(s) and Hourly Service Fees can be found on this website at the "Fees" page.

Our professional services are specifically designed to help you improve or preserve your credit ratings through a combination of needed or applicable services. Initially a full Credit Report Analysis is performed on every client to assess all credit related problems and issues in detail. After that comes the Action Plan and Resolution Stage of the Credit Restoration Process which may differ in time span for every client. Services are personalized or tailored to the individual need of each clients current situation.

Services we distinctively offer are; Credit Report Analysis, Negotiation with Creditors, Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention, (Loan Modification, Workout and Forbearance Plans), Short Sale Support, Debt Verification Services, Defaulted Student Loan Services, Bankruptcy Recovery, Bankruptcy Prevention, Identity Theft and Credit Fraud Resolution, Tax Lien and Civil Judgment Resolution, Creditor Mediation Services, Credit Report Updating and Real Estate Investor Support.

We also consult a large percentage of our clients throughout the Mortgage Qualification and Home Buying process.

 

Is DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA a Debt Management or Debt Consolidation Service?

DPMC Consulting / DPMCUSA is not a Debt Management Program or Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) Agency. Non-Profit Consumer Credit Counseling Services , Debt Consolidation and Debt Management programs are administered by Non-Profit (501C3) Agencies that obtain funding through the solicitation of creditor Fair Share Contributions. These programs are usually limited to assistance with only unsecured debt(s) or credit card bills. Most are unable to assist with more advanced credit related problems.
 
Although some of these programs do help consumers pay credit card debt off sooner there are some disadvantages. Consumers in some of these programs may experience significant reductions in their credit scores. In many cases, the initial payments made to some Debt Management programs are used to cover either undisclosed or hidden upfront fees. Creditors may not receive a payment for several months. In the meantime the consumer has been given the impression that creditors would immediately start receiving monthly payments.
 
The Non-Profit Credit Counseling industry has been in serious crisis for several years. Although these agencies are registered as Non-Profit organizations, many are charging hidden or higher fees for very limited to poor services. They may also be giving either none or possibly bad advise to financially distressed or vulnerable clients enrolling in their program.
 
Consumers should also be aware of the services that some non-traditional law firms and/or credit repair clinics offer. Most of these companies charge an initial set up fee of about One Hundred Dollars. As well, they also require an additional commitment to pay ongoing monthly servicing fees. The monthly servicing fees normally range between Forty Dollars for a Basic Plan to Eighty Dollars per month for a Premium Plan. If you were to choose a "premium plan" your total cost over a one year period could be as much as One Thousand Sixty Dollars ($1,060.00).
 
Because of the monthly servicing fee obligation the supposed objective to help client(s) in a timely manner could become undermined. Client progress could be systematically slowed or controlled. This "controlled results" effect keeps their clients paying servicing fees as long as possible to generate more income. They make more profit by keeping client results or overall improvement restricted. They are also usually unable to assist with more difficult credit related problems or issues that someone may be dealing with.

There are also companies that charge a fee for each negative item deleted from the credit reports. As the process gets results (deletions) of negative trade-lines you could be charged $50.00 to $75.00 per deletion per bureau. For instance; say that five (5) negative accounts or entries are deleted from four (4) credit bureau reports. If you are paying $50.00 per deletion you would be billed based on this calculation: (5 Deletions X 4 Bureaus = 20 Accounts X $50.00 = $1,000.00). This type of service creates a new a debt obligation for the consumer. Not with any previous creditors, but with the credit repair company. If you don’t pay quickly services come to a sudden standstill. They may also slow the process to avoid large billings that may "shock" their clients. In this event you are paying more over a longer period for slow results.

There is also another serious concern about this type of company. What if you do experience great results or a large number of deletions all at one time. You would also receive a large billing. Remember with this type of service the greater the number of deletions the more you will pay. Greater results are in a direct correlation with greater costs. If you do not or maybe cannot pay the large billing they may send your unpaid account to a 3rd Party Collection Agency that reports to the national credit bureaus. Any positive gain in credit score will be immediately reversed by the entry of a new collection record.

Before you make any decisions practice "Due Diligence" on your own behalf. Check the Better Business Bureau BBB™ Record. Ironically the most widely known companies have the worst ratings. Or possibly No Rating due to complaints, previous legal action(s) or non-compliance with the Federal Law to provide consumers with a Summary of Consumer Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some also do not provide a written Service Contract with a three (3) day option to cancel to the consumer as required by Federal Law.

What's the Difference?

We do not charge monthly fees or by number of accounts deleted. Our services implement a more progressive philosophy. All Negative Trade-Line(s) will be addressed in the beginning of the process. Incorrect Personal Information in the same manner. Any erroneous personal information reported will be deleted. Outdated information will be updated assuring it appears congruent (matching or similar) across the four reports. This including; (1) Name(s), (2) Previous Addresses, (3) Phone Numbers, (4) Date of Birth, (5) Social Security Number Variations, (6) Current & Previous Employer(s).

We do not slow down results or create a “controlled results” situation for our clients. We have a fiduciary responsibility to get them through the Credit Restoration Process sooner rather than later. They will progress forward to their goal(s) with less cost and more important less delay. Read the service contract carefully when you are comparing services. Ask detailed questions.

Remember the old saying, "You get what you pay for." Usually it does prove to be true. Also, watch out for "Smoke and Mirrors". Things are not always as they seem. Make note of the phrase; "Caveat Emptor" (Latin: Let the Buyer Beware).

How long does the Credit Restoration Process take?

The Credit Restoration Process varies in time length for each individual client. Acknowledge these key words "process" and "individual." Synonyms for the word process are; procedure, progression, course of action or system. Synonyms for individual are; private, personal, special, or for one person.

Any individual that has more serious credit related issues such as a foreclosure, unpaid tax liens, civil judgments, bad debt charge-offs, multiple collection accounts or a previous bankruptcy may require more effort and time spent than another with only minor credit issues. Although consumers should have high expectations of our process, they should also retain some sense of realism. The process will take some time. Patience, individual fortitude and resilience are all considered to be required prerequisites of any of our potential clients.

One should not expect some "miraculous" event where every single negative item or personal liability owed gets wiped clean from the credit reports. The reality is that a bad credit rating or low credit score cannot somehow be "magically transformed" to a "sparkling clean" credit history over a matter of a couple days or weeks. In other words, there is no "magical wand" effect. It is a matter of getting professional help and resolving past issues in an acceptable and affordable manner.

New clients should allow a minimum period of three months for significant or desired results to be realized. Keep in mind, usually credit problems that are being addressed have taken several years to make. Some debts may need to be resolved through negotiation, mediation and/or settlement strategies which may extend the process. No one person's credit issues or problems will be exactly the same as another. Every situation differs as does each and every person who comes to us for help.

If unresolved credit issues are currently preventing you from obtaining your needs, wants or desires, you may be at a "defining moment" or "turning point" in life. Those who start the process and follow it through to the end will experience a life changing event. For those who decide to do nothing, that same event may not come to pass. In simple terms, the options become; (1) Begin the journey forward for a better financial future and an improved quality of life, or (2) Stay idle and stagnated in the same situation. The decision is yours.

 

Bill collectors call me repeatedly at home and on my job. What can I do? What are my rights?

Bill collectors are legally allowed to contact you if there is a legitimate debt owed. But, they cannot continue to contact your place of employment if it jeopardizes your continued employment. Employers want personal issues of their employees to be left at home. This includes calls from bill collectors. Also, how would you pay the debt if you lost your employment? Personal issues concerning your financial problems should not interfere with the workplace environment.

If you are experiencing this dilemma, the best defense is a clear understanding of your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act - (FDCPA). Also, seek professional assistance so the calls stop. Don't wait until issues that could have been dealt with turn into lawsuits. For more information go to:

Federal Trade Commission - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Links

 

I've been thinking about filing for bankruptcy. How would it affect my credit record?

Although there are some bankruptcy attorneys that take the time to qualify candidates for professional credit consulting versus bankruptcy, it doesn't happen enough. Most people who file Bankruptcy do so ill advised, or under a great amount of psychological and financial pressure. They also tend to regret it later because of the ten-year lingering affect on their credit record. This is not to say that all people can avoid bankruptcy as a means to an end. But some can.

Most creditors are willing to work out agreements with reduced payments, and/or reduced interest factors with consumers to help them avoid filing a bankruptcy filing. If a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is granted, most unsecured creditors would not recover any of the debt amounts owed. If a consumer is placed in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (Wage Earner Plan) only a portion of the debt may be repaid to creditors.
 
In most cases, Credit Restoration strategies applied correctly actually help consumers and "believe it or not" strengthen their credit ratings. In some sense, it is a personal issue concerning an individual's moral obligations to repay their debts. In order to make the best decision, don't make rash decisions about filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy would remain part of your credit history for ten years from the date of the initial bankruptcy filing. Carefully consider the other options available. The easiest way out of a situation may not be the best way.
 
As well, on April 20, 2005 the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 was enacted as law. Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy has become more difficult and now more costly than it may have been in prior years. Chapter 7 Filers must now undergo a "means testing" process to determine whether or not they can legally file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for a full discharge of unsecured debts. Chapter 7 filers could also be placed into a Chapter 13 Repayment Plan with a Trustee of the court administering court required payments to creditors.
 
Credit Counseling by a "court approved" Non-Profit Credit Counseling Agency is also required by the new law. Again, keep in mind that the Non-Profit Agencies primarily do work on behalf of the participating creditors.
 
For additional information on Bankruptcy go to:
Bankruptcy Basics - United States Courts
Bankruptcy: An Overview - Cornell University Law School (Legal Information Institute)
American Bankruptcy Institute

 

I have previously filed for Bankruptcy. Can Credit Restoration still help me?

The Credit Restoration process is an essential part of financial recovery after bankruptcy. Credit reports are not updated with the status of previous debts owed until the bankruptcy is fully completed. Creditors also may not update accounts discharged through bankruptcy without adequate evidence. Although the initial filing stops creditors from pursuing collection measures, the liability remains until the court formally discharges the debts.

Some individuals file bankruptcy only to have it dismissed later. Creditors have become quite aware of this occurrence. For that reason, creditors do not discharge debts owed based on a bankruptcy filing alone. The initial filing only prevents further collection activity, legal actions and creditor contact.

As well, the bankruptcy attorney's job is usually completed when you receive a letter of "Discharge of Debtor" from the United States Bankruptcy Court. Attorneys are not responsible for updating any previously reported information to the credit reporting agencies. Nor is the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Credit reporting is a separate issue apart from the bankruptcy process.

 

I am a victim of Identity Theft. Is it possible to repair the damage to my credit record?

Yes. In all identity theft or credit fraud cases resolved for clients, one thing can be noted. It does require a more in depth investigation pertaining the debt(s) origin to get fraudulent accounts removed from credit record files. But it is possible.

It makes no sense for an individual to suffer financially because of another person's criminal behavior. Although, it happens on a much larger scale than people think. It is a growing problem nationally. Not only do creditors lose millions of dollars, but also the person wronged suffers financially.

Under guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers believing that they are the victims of credit fraud can get their credit reports for free.

For more information go to:
Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site
Credit Bureaus page on our website

 

How does Credit Restoration help the small business owner?

If you run a business, or plan to try it in the future, be advised. Don't attempt it with bad credit or burdening debt. The odds are against your survival from the very beginning. You could fail outwardly, or may just struggle to the point of eventually quitting. You may be highly skilled at your business or trade. You'll put forth your best effort. You can also work long exhausting hours. But reality remains. Having bad credit presents greater difficulties when its time for your company to grow. Meanwhile, your competitors just keep advancing. The reason most businesses fail to succeed is the lack of financial resources. That includes insufficient availability to credit lines.

A "good rule of thumb" - Deal with credit and debt issues first. The road to success will come much easier. There will also be less trial and hardship along the way.

 

Can you create a new credit record file?

No. The only way to legally restore your credit is through the Credit Restoration process, and future debt management strategies. Over the past several years, numerous companies have surfaced making the claims "you can start a new credit file regardless of your past credit history." These companies ask consumers to pay an exorbitant amount for kits that simply include application forms for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can go to your local federal tax office and get it free.

Not only were the targeted companies fined or put out of business. Some consumers who used the process to get credit unlawfully were fined. Please keep in mind - if it sounds too good to be true, it's usually not true.

For more information go to:
Federal Trade Commission - Credit Identity Defendants Settle FTC Charges

 

How do I start the Credit Restoration Process?

First, you must admit that help is needed. That is the hardest part. Next, order your credit reports from the three national credit reporting agencies. By law, you will also receive an explanation of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. If you are currently experiencing monthly financial deficiencies due to excessive debt, gathering all monthly debt and income information is important. Go to our "Monthly Budget Worksheet" page for a detailed example. A professional credit report analysis will also help further identify issues to be addressed in the Credit Restoration process.

If you want a service contract to be sent to you, go to the "Fees" page and submit the requested information. It's a decision you must make. Regardless of what you decide, do something. Don't wait until issues get out of hand. That is the worst thing to do. Seeking professional assistance does yield better results with more strategic solutions. We can help, but you must be determined to face your credit and debt related problems head on. Act now. You won't regret it.