Should I Agree to a Repayment Plan for a Student Loan?
If you refer to signing a payment plan agreement that contains a clause allowing the creditor to sue in court if you default in the payment plan, the lender would likely be able to sue whether you agree to a payment plan or not. Typically, a lender will not agree to not sue on a legal claim unless the debt is paid off. If you are unsure of what you are signing, we suggest you ask the lender to explain it to meet your understanding or consult a local attorney who can review all the facts and documents involved. We are prohibited from giving legal advice, as this service provides information of a general legal nature.
Once a judgment is obtained, the creditor will likely be unwilling to negotiate a settlement and may place liens on property, such as bank accounts, or garnish wages. In some cases, a debtor may be able to negotiate a settlement with the creditor, although this is more difficult once a suit has been filed. In some cases, the creditor may settle for a lesser amount if the debtor is insolvent, since a promise to pay something is better than collecting nothing. These types of agreements are called an accord and satisfaction. If it is possible, a debtor should get a release included in such an agreement so that the creditor may not pursue the full balance of the debt claimed.