What happens to my credit report?

Did you know that filing a bankruptcy case does affect one’s credit report in a negative way?  Many debtors are under the belief that by filing bankruptcy, they will never ever be able to buy a house, car or anything else because they filed bankruptcy.  While filing bankruptcy is not going to produce a positive spin on a debtor’s credit history, nothing can be further from the truth.  Clients have shared with me the fact that they have taken a 200 point hit while others only 100 points.  … [Read more...]

INCOMES, DEBTS AND BANKRUPTCY

Sometimes I will get a phone call asking how much debt someone must have in order to file a bankruptcy.  Another question that comes up is regarding income levels, as in ‘can I file if I have too much or too little income?’ First, income levels as well as debt levels do not determine whether you can file, but will determine which type of bankruptcy you can file.  Yes, it is possible that you may earn too much income to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but a Chapter 13 can be filed for those wage … [Read more...]

STRIPPING JUNIOR MORTGAGE LIENS IN A CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY

 According to Realty Trac, the State of Georgia has the distinction of being the nation’s number one state for foreclosures of real property. During the month of May, 2012, 1 in 300 Georgia housing units was subject to repossession/foreclosure or notice that the property will be foreclosed.  It has been 6 years since Georgia has had that distinction. Among those properties facing foreclosure, a good portion will probably have more than one mortgage lien attached.  Those second mortgage … [Read more...]

If I file a bankruptcy is my credit ruined forever?

If I file bankruptcy, is my credit ruined forever? Short answer - no. The Fair Debt Reporting Act controls how your credit history is treated and reported. The maximum time any information regarding a debt stays on your report is 10 years. The filing of a Chapter 7 case will be reported on your credit history and will stay there for 10 years. If you file a Chapter 13 case, that information stays for 7 years. If you have negative information such as late payments, that also stays … [Read more...]

11 Steps to a Safe and Happy Financial Future

Step #1: It is better to have some good credit rather than all bad credit. When times are worst, try to keep one or two of your accounts current. The foundation for rebuilding your credit can hinge on those one or two good accounts. Step #2: Stability is good. Try to avoid moving around too much. Step #3: A co-signer may help you in re-establishing your credit. … [Read more...]