Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


An excellent guide for the layperson in how to use the County Court - a must if you are intending to start a claim.

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    Default Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    I have an account with Provident that, for one reason or another (mainly unemployment) ended up with their own in house 'solicitors' and has been farmed out to BCW.

    Today I've received a letter from BCW offering me a discount that amounts to 50% me the outstanding balance on the account. They have also offered me the chance to pay over 3 installments.

    This offer is only valid if I contact BCW by tomorr (states 7 days from date on letter but arrived 6 days after the date on the letter).

    I've never been in contact with BCW regarding this account and wonder if its really only a ruse to get me to contact them about the debt.

    What is their MO regarding accounts and discount offers?

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    Default Re: Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    If you have the money to clear the balance and want to do so I would haggle with them. With any luck and a bit of perserverence you might get them down to 30%. Their deadline is just a ploy to try and get you to settle for the 50% quickly. But make sure that any settlement is for a 'full' not partial settlement and your credit file is marked as such. Otherwise you may find you are being chased for the other 50% by another agency.

    If you are not interested let them whistle in the wind and carry on paying them 1 a month or whatever you may have agreed to. Another year down the line their settlement offer will probably be a lot less!


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    Default Re: Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    Hi
    Be aware that if you 'short settle' the remaining amount is still collectable. Just because BCW are offering this 'discount' this means very little unless you get a statement saying they will stop any further collection activity AND they do not sell the remaining balance on to any other **** bucket


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    Default Re: Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    You must receive their acceptance of any short settlement and confirmation that no other 3rd party will pursue for any other monies.. IN WRITING, before you part with any money.


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    Default Re: Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    Quote Originally Posted by citizenB View Post
    You must receive their acceptance of any short settlement and confirmation that no other 3rd party will pursue for any other monies.. IN WRITING, before you part with any money.
    Excellent advice!


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    Default Re: Buchanan Clarke and Wells offering discount

    Thanks guys,

    I'll sit on their offer for a bit longer as it would be a struggle to pay the amount offered as the discounted settlement deal even if it was split into 3 payments!!

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    Default Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    Hi,

    Have recently had a letter from BC&W in which they are threatening to send a doorstep collectoricon (or words to that effect) to my home
    about an account that as been passed to them by the original creditor (Provident).

    So far letters received have included offers of substantial discounts and even opportunities to pay said reduced sums over a number of months rather than in one payment.

    I have never engaged with BC&W about this account,
    I was paying Provident's in house solicitors a reduced amount but stopped when there just wasn't enough money to pay as well
    as meet necessary debts such as rent, council tax, utility bills and then things such as business insurance and fuel for my vehicle
    which is important as my job requires me to be mobile but is poorly paid.

    the collection agents mentioned in the letter received are UMS but, apart from them being owned by BC&W
    (and so therefore only another cog in their internal wheel of threats), it appears they are used to chase utility debts - which this isn't!!

    They will be lucky to ever find me at home as I usually work 12 out of every 14 days and leave the house at silly o'clock returning in the evening then,
    on my weekend off, I'm usually catching up with friends, family and life in general.

    Oh, and I live in a property with secure entry system so they can't actually access my front door that easily!!

    What is likely to be their next step?

    Feebee_71


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS?

    Utility Management Services.....'cough' 'cough'
    http://www.csa-uk.com/uk-members-lis...w-group%29-ltd

    All part of the same, next broom cupboard along I would imagine, or cubicle in the gents, sorry little boys room!

    Did Provi send you a notice of assignment?


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS?

    I can't remember but know they still send me the letters stating the account is in default. Pretty sure the last communication was from their in house 'solicitors' CK Edrupt!!

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    Default Re: Just who are UMS?

    Love the bit on that link - business to business debt collectionicon and utility debt collection. Erm, where does personal credit come under either of those?

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    Default Re: Just who are UMS?

    what was the original debt all about?

    dx


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS?

    A Provident loan,
    had to go to reduced payments when unemployed

    now am working but little money left for non-priority debts as well as paying priority bills
    and having enough fuel in the car to be able to go out and do my job
    - let alone buy food every week

    (thank goodness for staying at my parents for 3 nights a week so not having to buy food those nights!)


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    so it def was a doorstep loan
    not a loan to pay off a debt hey claim you owed?

    pers ignore them

    they have no legal powers
    and are not bailiffs

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    Default Re: Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    Definitely a doorstep loan - still have original paperwork somewhere!!


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    god what made you resort to these 2000% interesticon rate people

    dx


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    At the time - desperation and an inability to get credit elsewhere. Though, saying that, while the interesticon rate was high it wasn't anywhere near as high as that!!


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    Default Re: Just who are UMS? - provi loan

    its a discount letter anyhow

    dx



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