How to Dispute False Item on Your Credit Report

It’s not mine, get it off my credit report! How long does bankruptcy stay on?

Article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci – read more like this @ https://www.infotapes.com/Articles

You can get a free credit report from one of the 3 major credit bureaus. Go to www.freeannualcreditreport.com If you see a debt listed that is not yours, you can contest it by filling out the form on each credit bureau’s dispute site.

Equifax https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-dispute/

Experian https://www.experian.com/disputes/main.html

Trans Union https://service.transunion.com/dss/login.page?dest=dispute

You can’t dispute things that are accurate. For instance, if you paid an account after it was late, the late account can show paid, but paid late. If you filed a bankruptcy, that fact that you filed stays on 10 years after your Chapter 7 filing date, and 7 years after your Chapter 13 filing date. If a debt that you received a bankruptcy discharge is listed, that is OK, as long as it shows that you owe nothing because of your bankruptcy discharge. Creditors know what a bankruptcy discharge means: you can’t file a Chapter 7 for another 8 years and have little or no debt except what you agreed to “reaffirm”, or survive discharge. So your credit score often goes up a lot after you get a bankruptcy discharge. Credit scores are bad because you have too much debt to pay, not because you got a discharge and now have no debt, and a fresh start, in most cases!

You can only contest things that are inaccurate. Here’s what Equifax says you can dispute:

• Personal information: Your name, addresses, Social Security number or date of birth.

• Account information you believe is inaccurate or incomplete: For example, if late payments are being reported on one of your accounts but you have always paid your balance on time and in full. 

• Mixed credit files: If someone else’s information is being reported on your credit file. This may happen if a father and son (Sr. and Jr.) have the same name, for instance.

• Duplicate reporting of an item: One example might be a debt listed twice.

• Information that may indicate fraud or identity theftThese would be credit accounts, including collection accounts, on your credit report that you don’t recognize.

Whether you’re contacting a lender or the credit bureaus, provide all the evidence and documents you can to support your dispute, such as an account statement verifying an account balance. Give details about why you believe the information in the credit report is inaccurate or incomplete.

What should I expect after filing a dispute?

If you file a dispute with the three nationwide credit bureaus, you can generally expect to receive the results of your dispute within 30 days. If the information is found to be inaccurate, your credit reports will be updated, generally within about 30 days.

If the result of the investigation finds that the information is accurate, it will remain on your credit reports. If you still believe the information is inaccurate or incomplete, and you have additional information that can help support your dispute, you can file your dispute again with the credit bureau. You also have the option to provide a brief statement on your credit reports summarizing your dispute, which can help explain your situation. Or you could contact the creditor to attempt to resolve the issue.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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Will I be Able to Get Credit Again After Bankruptcy?

Attorney Peter Francis Geraci (PFG) answers the question everyone wants to know but is afraid to ask!

Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy” answers questions about complicated bankruptcy matters. Chapter 28 is titled:

 Will I Be Able to Get Credit Again After Bankruptcy?

Below is an excerpt from this chapter. You can read the entire book at https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/ A fresh start is sometimes all you need!

Why would anyone be happy about having to file a bankruptcy? The answer is, you’re not happy because you have to, but because you can. If there were no bankruptcy laws, you would have no way out of financial trouble.

The bankruptcy laws, and how they can help you, are not known to the general public. When a person finds out that they can get out of debt, and start fresh, without giving up any possessions, they are generally very happy. No one files a bankruptcy case unless they have to. If you have the money to pay your bills, pay them! If you don’t, read this book, contact a bankruptcy lawyer, get the proper advice, and have a happy bankruptcy! It is possible.

Why would you be happier if you kept your house, kept your vehicle, kept your pension, kept your household furnishings, and had no debt, and could save money each month for retirement? Why wouldn’t you?

Realize that if you have $20,000.00 in credit card debt at 18%, and just make the minimum payments at 2.5% of the balance, never using the card again, it will take you 37 years to pay it off. Go to our website, http://www.infotapes.com, and follow the links to msn.money.com, and bankrate.com. You will find useful financial calculators on those sites. Plug in your debt, and see that once you can pay only minimums, you have a life sentence of debt.

Why should you have a life sentence of debt? Be happy! Don’t worry! If you can only pay minimums, collectors are calling, you have to charge necessities, you may be better off filing Chapter 7 and getting a discharge of that debt. You might also file Chapter 13, which is a no-interest debt repayment. You could take that $500 a month and repay it in full without interest over less than 48 months.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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Beverages & Budgeting!

Beverages & Budgeting – take a look at your monthly expenses, let’s see if Geraci Law can help!

School is starting, the weather is changing – it’s almost time for Football. So let’s take advantage of a nice weekend and think about finances.

Geraci Law has the tools to help! It does not matter if you are trying to figure out a savings plan or if it’s time to take a good hard look at what your expenses are. If you are seeing on the monthly budget that you are operating in the negative – it might be time to realign.

So pick out your favorite cold one, grab a calculator (there’s one on your iPhone) and let’s figure out your budget!

Check out below. You can fill in your monthly expenses. Take note – your Starbucks coffee (a beverage part of budgeting) should list under Entertainment. Tip: go to your bank account and look how much you are spending each month.

Next – let’s take a look at your income. You can use this as a guide! Tip: if you are paid salary, use one paycheck since your income does not change. If you are paid hourly, take the average of the last 3 months.

After that, take the amount in TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME and subtract from your Total from the monthly expense worksheet….

THIS is your disposable income – it’s the amount you have left at the end of the month to either save or spend.

When you have debt including credit cards, Pay Day loans, medical bills (note bill NOT expense) the minimum payment is substracted from your disposable income NOT from your expenses.

If the amount is high and you are not paying DOWN the balance on the debt, reexamine the budget. Go back to the disposable income amount – if you eliminate the debt payment, this is the money that goes back to YOU.

If you have $1,000 in disposable income every month and are paying $1,000 in minimum payments – if you are then using your credit card to pay the monthly expenses (from the first worksheet) your plan is NOT working.

Instead if you account for the monthly expenses where you can pay for the bill without relying on credit, you have disposable income to put into a savings account. $1,000 per month for 12 months is $12,000 an amazing start to retirement, paying for college, down payment on a home, etc.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Does Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit?

Bad credit can’t be ruined by getting out of debt. Bankruptcy gets you out of debt. No debt = better “credit”.

Below is an article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci explaining filing a bankruptcy could actually IMPROVE your credit score. Read more articles written by PFG at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles.

Most people filing bankruptcy have bad credit scores. Most are below 600. That is bad credit.

Bad credit can’t be ruined by getting out of debt. Bankruptcy gets you out of debt. No debt = better “credit”.

Studies have shown that your credit score goes up after bankruptcy discharge.  Take my 2 hour debtor education course if you want to improve your credit.  Go to http://www.pfged.com   

If you can get a house and a low interest rate on a vehicle, you probably don’t even need bankruptcy relief. 

But, if you can’t afford to pay your creditors, but you have a good credit score, you probably don’t have good credit, you have good debt!  Soon or later, the credit bureaus are going to notice you’ve maxed out on credit and your credit score is going to fall.  

Bankruptcy does not generally ruin your credit more than it is already. Many people say to me, “I’m current on all my cards. I have good credit.” Then I find out that they have been getting cash advances on one card and using that money to pay the other charge cards. That is borrowing money when you cannot repay it. If you do that, you may not have good credit.  

Credit is the ability to borrow money. Lenders look at several things about you if you want to borrow money. First, they look at your ability to repay it. If you have a lot of bills to pay now, you probably can’t afford to borrow more, because you won’t be able to repay it.

Second, the credit bureaus look at your history of repayment. If creditors reported you slow-pay, or have lawsuits, garnishments or repossessions, you already have ruined your credit history. Getting rid of your bills in a bankruptcy may improve your situation. You will have no bills to pay, or maybe just one or two. You will then be able to try to save a little money. Also, you can’t file another bankruptcy until six years have passed. Many lenders will allow you to re-establish credit, because now you have a better ability to repay.

The third main factor that a lender looks at is the security or collateral given for the loan. You may need more money down than in the past.

At Geraci Law, we want to make your life better.  So if we think you don’t need bankruptcy relief, we tell you.  Take our free 20-minute credit counseling course at Infotapes.com, or our 2 hour Debtor Education Course at pfged.com for more information. 

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Better Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills.

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills. See https://peterfrancisgeracilaw.com/2020/08/05/chapter-9-is-bankruptcy-bad/

That’s right folks, filing a bankruptcy can be a GOOD thing. You eliminate your obligation to the balances with the opportunity to REBUILD. According to the Federal Reserve,

“[people who file bankruptcy] experience a sharp boost in their credit score after bankruptcy, whereas credit scores recover at a much slower pace for individuals who remain [in debt]. The credit score of bankrupt individuals exceeds the credit score of insolvent individuals by 40-80 points. In addition, those who go bankrupt open new unsecured accounts post-bankruptcy at a higher rate (by around 15 percentage points) than those who don’t file bankruptcy, while the number of inquiries is very similar across the two groups. This indicates a difference in access to credit, not demand for credit. [The Federal reserve] conclude[ed] from this evidence that the ability to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is associated with better access to credit, and while both insolvency and bankruptcy are forms of default, the debt discharge associated with bankruptcy leaves filers in a better financial position than individuals who become insolvent in similar circumstances.”

So your credit score could increase by 40-80 points! The money you are spending slow paying the minimums is money you can start SAVING or using to pay for essentials like groceries and gas instead of relying on the credit.  

It’s not time to wait. It’s time to handle your debt once and for all. Geraci Law is here for you. We’re happy to meet with you in office or virtually. It’s time to decide if you are ready to be DEBT FREE with a higher credit score and fresh start to reach your credit goals.

Read entire study here https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/pgoldsmithpinkham/files/dgy_bankruptcy.pdf  

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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Helpful Links & Resources

Geraci Law updates our site constantly with useful tools about debt, budgeting and education.

Helpful Links & Resources

Geraci Law wants to be a resource to anyone in debt, learning how to budget or wanting to learn more about finances or bankruptcy. There’s a lot of information out there – go with the firm you know and trust.

Check out https://www.infotapes.com/Links for information. We are constantly updating with new links. If you have questions or need a listening ear, give us a call at 800 CALL PFG. It’s free!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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Bad Credit = MORE Interest

Credit scores fall into 5 categories to determine interest rates. Consider Geraci Law to help with your credit score!

Bad Credit = MORE Interest

According to an article on CNBC (read here) – more than 1/3 Americans have a credit score that is considered “subprime.”  If you are one of these people, you may end up paying THOUSANDS more in interest than borrowers with better credit scores. Filing a bankruptcy can HELP improve your credit score!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) puts Americans into five different categories.

Deep Subprime – any credit score below 580

Subprime – any credit score between 580-619

Near-prime – any credit score between 620-659

Prime – any credit score between 660-719

Super-prime – any credit score above 720

Where do you fall? Your credit score is not only determined by timely payments. Your debt to income ratio plays a role. Do you have more debt than income in a year? Are you behind on payments? Are you considering borrowing money from a 401K or family member to pay off debt? Before you make a huge decision, talk with a Geraci Law attorney (guess what – it’s FREE).

Even if you are paying your minimum payments, you may not realize how much you are paying in interest! According to the CFPB, a Deep Subprime borrower paid 21.50% interest versus a Super-Prime borrower paying 12.50%. That is a HUGE difference.

Filing a bankruptcy could change your life for the better. You may IMPROVE your financial future to qualify for the better rates on mortgages, car loans or even credit cards. Don’t know your credit score? Not sure of what debt is reporting? Geraci Law can help!

Want more information about credit scores and bankruptcy? Below are a couple of links to related topics!

FICO Creates New UltraFICO Scoring System

When Should I File For Bankruptcy?

Credit Concern? Call Geraci Law!

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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What Financial Help Do You NEED?

Did you know you can DISPUTE credit reporting errors? Everyone is entitled to a FREE credit report once per year from Experian, Equifax and Transunion. If you see a mistake, then you should dispute the error with the individual credit bureau.

You can find bad information online. Geraci Law wants to help YOU answer questions about bankruptcy, debt and financial resources. We frequently update our website with important financial links – you can check it out at https://www.infotapes.com/Links

Disputing Credit Report Errors

Did you know you can DISPUTE credit reporting errors? Everyone is entitled to a FREE credit report once per year from Experian, Equifax and Transunion. If you see a mistake, then you should dispute the error with the individual credit bureau.

Below are the links for disputing credit reporting errors. If you underestimated how much debt you owe, if you are struggling to meet the minimums, we’re here for you. Geraci Law offers FREE consultations with our experienced staff.

Links to Dispute Credit Reporting Errors:

More Help is Available

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews since November 2016!

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