Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FAQ #21: Is there any way to have a bankruptcy removed from my credit report?

The fact that you filed for bankruptcy will appear as a “public records” entry on your credit report for up to 10 years, and individual debts that were discharged in bankruptcy will remain on your credit report for 7 years after discharge. Remember that in a Chapter 7 case, your discharge is granted approximately 5 months after filing; in a Chapter 13 case, your discharge is granted between 3 and 5 years after filing, depending on your plan terms. Despite the negative effect bankruptcy can have on your credit, it is not necessarily a good idea to attempt to make no mention of your prior bankruptcy. In some cases, the fact that a debt is reflected on your credit report as being discharged in bankruptcy is evidence to a prospective lender that you no longer owe that debt, and are more able to repay a future loan. Additionally, some prospective employers would consider a bankruptcy filing evidence of a proactive attitude toward resolving a poor financial situation, as opposed to having a credit report populated with debts that have been “written off” (but still legally owed), as opposed to debts “discharged in bankruptcy.”

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