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I have 2 'old' debts which I have been trying to clear albeit have not been able to afford much each month in order to pay them off.
My debts have been moved over to Cabot Financial and I have just received a statement from them (which I requested) and I'm shocked at how much has been added back on to my accounts in interest and legal fees. Basically, at the rate I'm going I'm never going to be able to pay these debts and it seems pointless me even trying whilst they keep adding charges. For example, debt 1 opening balance £410.46. Interest added £111.16 plus legal charges, a total of £283.16 added to my account. I have paid £241.50 but now still owe £452.12! I expect that I have most likely paid my debts over time but with extra charges added by Cabot or the company who held the account before them I will be paying this off time and time again...My 2nd account opened at £962.61 with additional interest/legal charges of £763.29! I have paid £591.12 but still owe£1,134.78.
Is there any way I can get these charges removed from my account to bring the balances down? Cabot tell me they cannot remove the legal charges added by their solicitor... I don't see any point in keep paying a nominal amount each month when the balance is never going to decrease        


  • sourcrates
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    edited 22 November 2022 at 8:08PM
    These debts have seen legal action then, is that correct, do you have county court judgements?

    If so, certain legal fees will be payable, what kind of debts were they, cards/loans/catalogues?

    Have they defaulted, if so, when?

    Who was the original creditor?

    Cabot are a debt purchasing company, they usually buy old, defaulted debt, they don`t usually add any interest, as interest cannot be added unless the original agreement allows them to do so.

    A timeline of events would help us understand things better.
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