After Bankruptcy, Remove Incorrect Info From Your Credit Report

Recently declared bankruptcy?  Want to rebuild your credit?  If so, it is essential that you monitor your credit report on a regular basis to ensure that all of the details remain correct. Even if you never intend on buying your own home or a brand new car, having a poor credit score will impact your life in so many other ways. Not only will a bad credit score cost you more for car insurance, or your monthly cell phone plan, but it can also cost you a great job. That alone makes it worth the time and effort it may take to clean up your credit report.

Granted, it’s easy to become so busy that you forget your credit, especially since it’s generally lowest right after you file bankruptcy, but that’s when you should be watching your score the closest!  And, when you find an inaccuracy, it’s the best time to fix it!   Otherwise, this incorrect information could very likely prevent you from rebuilding your credit and cost you even more MONEY.

Generally, the two years following a bankruptcy are actually the best times to begin to re-establish your credit.

Here are the correct steps to take.

  1. Review your credit report thoroughly and regularly. To do this DO NOT use an online company like Equifax in order to view your credit report. Why? You might lose certain rights in order to comply with that company’s own rules (each company is different). Instead, write to annualcreditreport.com and use the MAIL IN form to request your credit report.

Note: you MUST ask for your report in writing. Sure, it may seem archaic, but it’s the only really good way to get all of your credit information and not be taken advantage of by the credit reporting agencies.

  1. Once you have your report, take a good look at it. Since you have declared bankruptcy, all debts that can be cleared should be cleared. Next to any cleared debts the note ‘zero balance discharged in bankruptcy’ should appear. If there is anything else written — anything at all! — make sure to correct that detail. The above statement is the only one that should appear.

  2. If there is any wrong information on your credit report, write directly to the credit agency that has reported the wrong information. One again, it is very important that you do not take the easy road on this and email or call the credit reporting agency, this dispute must be submitted in writing. You cannot submit this information online or through an email because you may not be able to prove your case if they fail or refuse to remove the negative information. Why am I telling you to take the hard way? Evidence, that’s why. When I sue the credit reporting agencies, I need evidence. Without evidence, you do not have a case.

A Long Process

Again, it’s a lot simpler to ask for a credit report online and to submit things online, but this is not what we recommend. Even though it takes a while to submit information or ask for a credit report in writing, this is the absolute best way to go about this process. It’s important that you consider what you might be giving up when you gain information through any kind of private company, so keep this in mind when tempted to ask for credit rating details electronically.

A Qualified Bankruptcy Attorney Can Help

It might not seem like there’s a lot involved in declaring bankruptcy, but a good legal team can do a lot more than plead your case. When you select a bankruptcy lawyer, it’s important that the lawyer you choose helps you decide whether or not bankruptcy is actually the right course for you. In some cases bankruptcy is ideal, but in other cases it’s not the best solution.

Getting Over Personal Bankruptcy



When you file for bankruptcy, it can have a very traumatic effect on you. The process of bankruptcy is such that the fact remains on your credit card report for a period of 10 years. Besides this, it can also lead to social isolation from your peers. Being branded bankrupt can have a very negative impact on your personality as well as your character, which need not always be the right perception. But through it all, bankruptcy is something that you can overcome.

One of the first things you need to do is to come to terms with the fact that you have declared bankruptcy. Once done, you have to face all the consequences that come along with it. There are several psychological aspects that get related to declaring bankruptcy. For one, you may retain the fear of purchasing anything at a retail store or from indulging once in a while. For some other integrating back into society can be difficult, leading to a lack of a social life. You first have to accept that the episode is over and done with and you need to move on. It is a learning experience and a lesson that you will adhere to for the rest of your life.

After bringing yourself back to reality, the next step is to work on your credit score. Once declared bankrupt, your credit reports will be a mess for a decade. You need to slowly work at fixing it. You have to work on aspects that will improve your credit rating. If you are looking for a loan, try approaching those lenders who take into account your credit rating for a short while prior to handing out the loan. A financial advisor or some serious Internet browsing is what can help you work on your credit scores.

The minute you are approved for a credit card or for a bank account, know your payment schedules well. Make written notes of them if necessary. Keep an accounts diary to track where you are using the card and how much you have spent. Knowing where the money goes, helps you keep a closer watch on your expenses. You will be able to monitor your spending habits this way. When you receive your bill, pay more than the amount due. This move will be noticed by the credit service. You can also make use of options such as standing orders or direct debts to ensure that you do not miss a payment date at all.

About the Author:  Brian Joneta also writes about Bankruptcy and Credit issues including Declaring Personal Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Lawyer