Even the most financially responsible people can fall on hard sometimes, whether it be a sudden illness, job loss or divorce. As many as 78 percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck-to-paycheck and 71 percent are already in debt, according to a recent study by CareerBuilder. With statistics like this it is not surprising how quickly finances can spiral out of control.
Having to file for bankruptcy can take an emotional and financial toll, but sometimes it is the only option. In 2017 alone, there were 765,863 non-business bankruptcy filings, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
While you cannot offset the impact of bankruptcy to your credit, there are things you can do to improve it over time.
While each case is different, bankruptcy can completely wipe out credit card debt, medical bills, personal loans, past-due utility bills and even rent. Rebuilding your credit after bankruptcy can start by sticking to a budget and paying all of your bills on time.
A powerful tool to help improve your credit score is a secured credit card. These cards require a deposit, which can be equal to your spending limit. Applying for new credit too soon or having multiple denials can hurt your credit even more.
One of the biggest myths about filing for bankruptcy is that it will ruin your credit score and your financial future forever. To the contrary, after filing for bankruptcy you can begin restoring your credit immediately.
Still not convinced? A testimonial from one of our clients in regards to their credit score after filing for bankruptcy.
My credit score said on all three reports 775, I couldn’t believe that I had such a great score before 10 years. Tim for me was the best move I have made for my situation. I have no regrets, I am glad the past is the past. – Bill T.
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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.