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First-Aid For Your Credit


One of the best things about getting a fresh start by filing bankruptcy is that it allows you a chance to rebuild your credit score.

Why? Because the first step in re-building your credit is to get rid of some debt...and that's what bankruptcy does best. With less debt, it's easier to keep up-to-date on your remaining obligations, and less likely you will fall behind again.

However, your credit score won’t improve as long as all your old, negative information is still listed with and being reported to the credit reporting agencies.

All three major credit reporting agencies collected information about you before your bankruptcy, including balances due, late payments, charge-offs and judgments. After your discharge, all these debts should be listed on your credit report as “Included in BK.” After your discharge, all the accounts discharged in your bankruptcy case should be shown as now having a $0.00 balance. If they are not listed that way, they will appear to still be active accounts in collection status, which could limit your ability to get credit. Unfortunately, not all creditors update information after a bankruptcy discharge.

What Can You Do?

Plenty. A couple of months after your should order credit reports to make sure all your discharged debts are listed as being included in your bankruptcy case and now show only $0.00 balances.

You can contact the three major credit reporting agencies at the following numbers:

* Trans Union, tel. no. 1-800- 888-4213 or
* Equifax, tel. no. 1-888-397-3742
* Experian, tel. no. 1-800- 997-2493

Even easier, order your credit report online:

* Trans Union:
* Equifax:
* Experian:

As you will see when you go to any of these websites, you can also order online a 3-in-1 credit report, which includes information from all 3 of these agencies, and which also apparently includes information about your credit score, etc.

Here are some other valuable tips to help you rebuild and improve your credit rating after your bankruptcy discharge.

1. Give Yourself Credit: The best way to rebuild your credit after a bankruptcy is to establish accounts that will report positive information on you. Get a single credit card with a small credit limit, use it very sparingly and pay the entire balance every month before the due date.

2. Read the Small Print: After your discharge, you may get several offers for credit cards and other loans. Know what you’re getting into before you accept these offers. Make sure you understand the interest rate, any other fees and the expected payments before you open a new credit account.

3. Prove It: Even after your debts are discharged, you may need proof that you don’t owe these creditors any more. Keep a copy of all the papers filed in your bankruptcy case. Your attorney should have provided you with a copy. Keep these papers with your other important papers and documents, and don’t give away your only copy. You can use these documents to prove: (1) That you filed bankruptcy, (2) Which debts were included in your filing, and (3) That you got your bankruptcy discharge.

4. Pay on Time: Most credit cards and utilities report late payments to credit reporting agencies. After you file bankruptcy, if you make late payments every month, potential lenders will continue to see you as a poor credit risk. Also, most credit cards add a late fee whenever you’re late with a payment. Avoid late fees and reports of late payments by paying your accounts in full before the due date.




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Disclaimer: This Website contains general information about various areas of bankruptcy.
It is highly recommended that persons with debtor/creditor problems seek the advice of an
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