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If you have recently received a letter, phone call or email from Link Financial, then one of the companies you owe money to will have sold that debt to them. For many of our clients, this can be an incredibly worrying time.
In this article, we aim to offer you some advice and guidance on how this has happened, how Link Financial tend to operate and what your options are, giving you the best chance of a positive outcome.
Who Are Link Financial?
Based in London, Link Financial are a Debt Collection Agency who tend to buy outstanding debts from well know companies like Barclaycard. They also purchase outstanding store card debt.
Companies like Link Financial will buy these debts from companies at a fraction of their face value and collect the original value, giving them a profit.
It is important to realise that once the debt has been sold to Link Financial, you will no longer owe money to original lender only to Link Financial.
Link Financial are a legitimate company and are considered to be one the UK’s leading Debt Collectors. They are also FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Regulated, so it is highly likely that they will be operating within the law.
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Why Have Link Financial Contacted Me?
If Link Financial have contacted you, it is likely that you owe money on either a credit card or you may have outstanding store card debt, and the original creditor has sold that debt to Link Financial. A company like Link Financial will often come into action once your creditor has exhausted their own debt collection options.
Like most debt collection or bailiff firms, Link Financial will use a range of methods to reclaim that debt, including phone calls, letters and emails. If you fail to respond to these methods, then they can even take court action. They are not a Bailiff, so they should not come to your house and try to remove items.
It is essential, at this point, that you begin to engage with your debt and take action.
Could Link Financial Take Me To Court?
The short answer to this question is YES. If you fail to engage with Link Financial and their efforts to contact you and discuss your debt, or if you fail to stick to any repayment plans they have set, then they could obtain a CCJ (County Court Judgement).
Once this CCJ is obtained, they will be authorised to begin enforcement action.
An instruction to a bailiff WILL result in them taking action such as, visiting your home and taking items to the value of the debt, applying for an Attachment of Earnings, whereby money will be taken directly from your income or they could issue a Statutory Demand, possibly resulting in you being made bankrupt.
What Options Do I Have?
Of course, the first option is to attempt to settle your debt with your creditor or Link Financial if the debt has been sold to them. But if you are unable to do this or if this debt is only one of a number of debts your struggling with, then there is another way.
By entering into an Insolvency Debt Solution such as an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement), you could tackle your debt by making one affordable monthly repayment towards your debt for a period of five years. This monthly repayment is based upon what you can afford NOT the amount you owe.
Once the five year period has ended, whatever balance is left to pay is automatically written off. Leaving you to start again.
It is typical for this amount to be around 75% of our client’s debt, however it is not unusual for this write off amount to reach up to 85% of the original arrears.
Below is an example of a real life IVA.
IVA Information and Guidance
An IVA can be a great, positive way to help with your debt. Allowing you to continue living your life without the stress of being chased by your creditors. Click to find out more about what an IVA is.
Whether an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) is right for you or not will largely depend on your personal situation e.g. debt level, number of creditors, affordability etc. Click to find out more.
An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a debt solution where you agree with your creditors to pay all or part of your debts. When it is completed, any remaining debts are written off. Take a look at our article to find out more.
Many kinds of debts can be included in an IVA. IVAs are limited to unsecured debts but by solving your unsecured debt problems, you may find paying any secured debt much easier.
Applying for an IVA (Indivudual Voluntary Arranagement) is a fairly straightforward process. Click the button below and a member of our team will contact you and guide you through the process.
As with many things in life, there are benefits and consequences we need to consider. Take a look at our Pros and Cons article to find out whether an IVA is right for you
Setting up an IVA does incur some costs; however, you will not be expected to pay anything up front at the beginning of the arrangement and there will be no surprise costs at the end of the arrangement.
Assets are the things you own, whether that’s a house, car or electronic equipment. Many people, when entering any debt solution, are often concerned about how much they will lose and to which extent their lives will be altered. Read on to find out more about how an IVA might impact on your assets.