Dena Standley | May 25, 2023
Edited by Hannah Locklear
Summary: Pacific Debt Relief negotiates debt settlement on behalf of consumers with money saved to make a lump sum payment. The company typically accepts clients with over $10,000 in unsecured debt and charges a fee of 15–25% of the settled debt. If you don’t qualify for the Pacific Debt program, use SoloSettle to settle your debts instead.
If you are looking for a way out of unsecured debt, you may have heard about Pacific Debt Relief. The company has received excellent reviews from satisfied customers. But will it work for you?
Before you sign up for a debt settlement program, you should understand how debt relief companies typically work. Ask yourself questions such as How does Pacific Debt Relief make its money? How does it negotiate debt settlement? Can you do it yourself? And how will settling debt affect your credit score?
This comprehensive review by SoloSuit answers these questions to help you make an informed decision.
Yes. Pacific Debt Relief, or Pacific Debt, Inc, is a legitimate debt relief company based in San Diego, California. It has been in business since May 2002 and serves 29 states, including Washington, DC.
Pacific Debt Relief has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010, and the company itself has been in business for 21 years. The BBB gives the company an A+ rating, the highest possible.
Customers on Google are largely happy with the company. As of May 2023, Pacific Debt has a 4.7-star rating on Google out of nearly 200 reviews, and it has 4.93 stars on BBB out of more than 1,000 reviews.
It’s pretty evident that Pacific Debt Relief is a consumer favorite for settling debt, especially considering the fact that they have only closed three complaints in the last three years. That being said, not all consumers are happy with their experience at Pacific Debt Relief. For example, the following is a complaint from a real Pacific Debt customer.
“They use the front Pacific Debt, but they will transfer you to a different company called Clear One which has a lot of bad reviews! They will talk you into joining the program, and once they're done, they will not help you get your account cleared. I've been on hold for an hour to cancel my account with Clear One because Pacific Debt Relief washed its hands off it.”
The following section explains what you should know before signing up for the Pacific Debt Relief program.
Consumers enroll debts into a program that aims to pay accounts off for much less than they owe. For example, if you owe $20,000, Pacific Debt Inc aims to settle for as low as half the amount.
The company works out monthly repayments that you can afford. It opens an escrow account where you deposit that money instead of making payments to the creditor. Eventually, your account goes into collections (if it hasn't already).
After depositing enough money into the escrow account, Pacific Debt Inc makes settlement offers and accepts those favorable to you. They will continue approaching your creditors until you have zero balances on all enrolled debts.
The program can take up to 48 months. However, if it is successful, you will be out of debt and can start repairing your credit. Some features customers appreciate include:
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Now, let’s explore everything you should know before enrolling with Pacific Debt Relief:
Whether or not you need a debt relief company is a personal choice, so it’s best to be well-informed before you make that decision.
While Pacific Debt Relief customers quickly join the program because of the zero upfront fee policies and free initial consultation, you should also beware of the program's limitations. For example, consumers with less than $10,000 in unsecured debt do not qualify, and those eligible see a drop in their credit.
If you want to settle a debt but do not qualify for Pacific Debt Relief, try SoloSettle.
You can take matters into your own hands and settle your debts by yourself with the help of SoloSettle.
SoloSettle, powered by SoloSuit, is different from traditional debt settlement companies. Here’s how:
Check out this video to learn more about how to settle your debt on your own—once and for all.
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