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I am paying off a student loan that I co signed for my daughter.

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I am paying off a student loan that I co signed for my daughter. It has accumulated penalties and collection fees. Can the pay off be negotiated, and if so should I have legal help in this negotiation process?

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Most companies will negotiate a payoff, because they'd rather have a guaranteed sum of money now, rather than the possibility of small payments later - especially since it will take time and cost money if they have to go to court. So, chances are that you will be able to negotiate a settlement with the company. It is not necessary to hire a lawyer. However, having a lawyer can sometimes help if they won't work with you. The company may insist on a cash payment in order to settle the debt completely.

You could also try getting a book from the library on negotiation techniques and how to get what you want. That might help you negotiate with the company directly.

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