Like a home equity loan, with which there are closing costs associated, some debt solutions or debt consolidation plans come with fees. Now, if you are paying 1% and you are saving 10% the savings are a no brainer - but don't be lazy! Calculate the costs and really figure out what you are putting out vs. what you are getting back. Generally, individual debt consultation is not fee based and will be free of charge as they create a debt solution for you. Business debt consultation, because it's more complicated, often does have a fee structure or some outlaying of money. If you've educated yourself about your debt solution alternatives, you won't be surprised by the options laid out by your debt consultant and you'll be able to make an educated decision about your plan of action.