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Myths about bankruptcy and your credit score debunked

March 22, 2018 Posted by kingcade

There are many misconceptions surrounding the amount of time it takes to rebuild your credit after bankruptcy.  We are clearing up some of the common misconceptions about how bankruptcy affects your credit score.

Myth #1: All bankruptcy information stays on your credit report for ten years.

The Truth: Only the public record of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy lasts for ten years.   All other bankruptcy references remain on your credit report for seven years, including:  Line items stating “account included in bankruptcy;” Third-party collection debts, judgments and tax liens discharged in bankruptcy and Chapter 13 public record items.  Once these items begin to disappear, you will see a bigger boost to your credit score.

Myth #2: You will have poor credit as long as the bankruptcy information stays on your credit report.

The Truth: This is one of the biggest misconceptions and one that our clients can tell you is a complete myth.

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.

Hi Tim- I just wanted to send a quick note and thank you and your team for handling my bankruptcy case.  It is only a month or two after discharge, and my credit scores are already in the upper 600’s.  I’ve sent a screenshot in the event that you would like to use this to show prospective clients. – C.S.

You can begin to build your credit back with smart credit management.  Within a few years, you can obtain a “good” credit score ranging from 700 – 749 by doing the following:

  • Adding new credit, such as secured credit cards or small installment loans, to offset the negative information on your credit report;
  • Making on-time payments for all debt, new and old;
  • Keeping your credit card balances under 30% utilization.

Myth #3: Bankruptcy affects the credit of all filers equally, regardless of the amount of debt.

The Truth: Your credit score will factor in details such as the amount of debt discharged and the proportion of negative to positive accounts on your credit report. If you have a low amount of debt and only a few accounts included in your bankruptcy, your credit score will be higher than someone with a more severe bankruptcy case.

Myth #4: You cannot get a credit card or loan after filing for bankruptcy.

The Truth: Credit cards are one of the best ways to begin rebuilding your credit and you will be surprised how quickly offers for them will appear in your mailbox after filing for bankruptcy.  Secured credit cards, which require an upfront security deposit, allow you to spend and build credit easily and safely.

Myth #5: Bankruptcy will ruin your credit forever.

The Truth: Bankruptcy will damage your credit in the short term, but practicing good financial habits, can rebuild your credit to be stronger than ever. A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia showed that those who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 had an average credit score of 538.2 on Equifax’s scale of 280 to 850. But the average score jumped to 620 by the time those bankruptcies were finalized, approximately six to eight months later. There are many ways to rebuild your credit after filing for bankruptcy. There are certain limitations you will face after filing, but taking advantage of the right financial tools can go a long way in helping you get back on the right path for your financial future.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

 

Top 5 Bankruptcy Myths Debunked

June 13, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Filing for bankruptcy is not an easy decision and many people fear a social stigma after they file.  The truth is the stigma against debtors and those who file for bankruptcy has greatly decreased over the last 20 years, and there is no indication that debtors will be treated less favorably after filing for bankruptcy.  In fact, it is oftentimes easier to reestablish your credit after filing for bankruptcy, because you are essentially given a “clean slate.”

To make the bankruptcy process a little easier to understand, we have dispelled the top five bankruptcy myths.

Myth 1: You will lose everything. You may think that filing for bankruptcy means you have to give up your home, your car, your flat screen TV, and all of your assets.  This is simply not true. The vast majority of Chapter 7 cases are no-asset cases, meaning the debtor gives up no possessions. This happens for two reasons. First, you can allot for basic assets, called exemptions that are necessary for day-to-day living. What you can exempt varies from state to state, so be sure to discuss exemptions with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. For possessions that are not part of the exemption, creditors likely don’t want them.  Under Chapter 13, you keep all of your assets, but the value of them figures into your repayment plan.

Myth 2: You will be relieved of all your debts. Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy will provide you relief from most of your debts. However, there are some exemptions. These include: recent taxes, child or spousal support, student loan debt, and debts that are the result of fraud you have committed.

Myth 3: Paying off your debt is a better option. Filing for bankruptcy is the biggest financial decision you will ever make, but it doesn’t mean it is a bad idea. If your debts are more than 50% of your annual income and you cannot pay them off in five years, bankruptcy is likely your best option.

Myth 4: Filing for bankruptcy means I have failed. Given that the number one reason for filing for bankruptcy is due to medical debt, this could not be less true.  No surprise, the cost of medical deductibles has grown seven times faster than wages have risen. Many bankruptcies are likely the result of stagnant wages, not poor financial mismanagement.  Whatever your reason is for filing, think of bankruptcy as a tool that can help you get a fresh start and take control of your finances.

Myth 5: Bankruptcy will ruin my financial future. A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia showed that those who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 had an average credit score of 538.2 on Equifax’s scale of 280 to 850. But the average score jumped to 620 by the time those bankruptcies were finalized, approximately six to eight months later. There are many ways to rebuild your credit after filing for bankruptcy. There are certain limitations you will face after filing, but taking advantage of the right financial tools can go a long way in helping you get back on the right path for your financial future.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all 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, P.A. 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 website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0613/Five-bankruptcy-myths-dispelled

Myth vs. Fact: 5 Bankruptcy Myths Revealed

May 30, 2013 Posted by kingcade

While many people assume that people who file for bankruptcy cannot resist the temptation of using credit cards or are self-proclaimed shopaholics, most people who file for bankruptcy do so for other reasons. Below are some of the myths surrounding consumer bankruptcy filings:

1.) People who file for bankruptcy are financially irresponsible. Those who typically file for bankruptcy fall into three categories: they have either lost their job, are going through a divorce or suffering from a serious illness and have insurmountable medical debt.
2.) Bankruptcy discharges all past debts. Not all debts are discharged from bankruptcy. If you have domestic support obligations (i.e. – alimony or child support), those cannot be removed under any circumstances. If you have to pay restitution because of a crime, this debt cannot be discharged. Finally, as a result of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, student loan debts cannot be discharged unless you can prove undue hardship, such as a permanent disability.
3.) If you spend recklessly before bankruptcy, you will not be liable. Some people assume that just because they are getting ready to file bankruptcy they can go out and run up new debt. Courts have ruled this as fraud and it’s unlikely you will get away with this type of spending prior to filing bankruptcy.
4.) Bankruptcy permanently ruins your credit. People who file for bankruptcy are often surprised at how quickly they start accumulating credit card offers in the mail. In fact, usually in about six to twelve months you will be eligible for a regular credit card.
5.) Bankruptcy is a cure-all. Before filing, applicants are required to go to credit counseling, during which the counselor may explain other options like negotiating a payment plan with creditors. It’s important to take what you learn from this session so you do not make the same mistakes twice.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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, P.A. 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 website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.