Chapter 5When should I file bankruptcy?
Chapter 6What do I lose if I file bankruptcy?
Chapter 8What can bankruptcy do for you?
Chapter 9What Does Bankruptcy Cost?
Chapter 18What About My Car in Bankruptcy?
Chapter 19What Happens to My House in Bankruptcy?
Chapter 20When Will Creditors Stop Bothering Me?
Chapter 23When do I stop paying my creditors?
Chapter 24Gas, cable, electric and phone bill
Chapter 26What Bankruptcy won't solve
Chapter 27Chapter 13 Debt repayment Plans
Chapter 28Will I be able to get credit again?
Chapter 29Bill Consolidation Loans
Chapter 30Bill Consolidation Scams
Chapter 31Wage Assignments, Deductions and Levies
Chapter 32Student Loans
Chapter 33Can I get rid of Taxes
Chapter 34NSF Checks, Traffic & Parking Tickets
Chapter 35Surrendering Real Estate & Time Shares
Chapter 36Business Bankruptcy
Chapter 37Professional Persons
Chapter 38Do you ever "Not Get" a Discharge?
Strangely, it usually goes up. Most of our clients have a credit score of below 600. Four months after filing Chapter 7, you should receive a discharge. You then have a creditor report that shows way less debt, and that you received a Chapter 7 discharge. If you are working, now you are not under pressure to pay bills you cannot pay, and can start saving. You also cannot file Chapter 7 for another 8 years, or in a Chapter 13 for another 4 years. So the lenders think you are a pretty good risk for lending, since you have little debt, and no ability to file bankruptcy, and a job. Your credit score can go up as much as 100 points.
If you had a credit score of 700 or more, and filed bankruptcy, it was a phony score, since you were overloaded with debt. Even so, after a Chapter 7 discharge, it may not change much, or it may go back up.
Studies by Harvard and the Federal Reserve show that people who file bankruptcy and generally in a better position than those who remain in debt. The Federal Reserve said, “[people who file bankruptcy] experience a sharp boost in their credit score after bankruptcy, whereas credit scores recover at a much slower pace for individuals who remain [in debt]. The credit score of bankrupt individuals exceeds the credit score of insolvent individuals by 40-80 points. In addition, those who go bankrupt open new unsecured accounts post-bankruptcy at a higher rate (by around 15 percentage points) than those who don’t file bankruptcy, while the number of inquiries is very similar across the two groups. This indicates a difference in access to credit, not demand for credit. [the Federal reserve] conclude[ed] from this evidence that the ability to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is associated with better access to credit, and while both insolvency and bankruptcy are forms of default, the debt discharge associated with bankruptcy leaves filers in a better financial position than individuals who become insolvent in similar circumstances.”
Regardless of credit score, after you receive a Chapter 7 or 13 discharge, you will find yourself able to buy a vehicle or house if you have the right job and down payment. The key is to save up a down payment, and not get overloaded again.
Take our Debtor Education Course taught by attorney Peter Francis Geraci as soon as you file for either Chapter 7 or 13. Or even before filing for $25. It will help you understand how to raise your credit score.
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