Bankruptcy attorney Benjamin Ginter runs the Law Offices of Benjamin J. Ginter in Cranford, New Jersey. Here, he says that it is possible for people who file for bankruptcy to rebuild their credit rating.
You may despair at the thought that you will never get credit again after filing for bankruptcy. But the truth is far from that. Your bankruptcy can be erased from your record after 7 to 10 years’ time.
How to Rebuild Your Credit
Your credit report is based on many factors, which include your income and the debt you acquire after the bankruptcy. It is also based on whether or not you are paying your existing debt on time.
If you try to rebuild your credit, you must pay your bills and existing debt on time. When you use a credit card, you must pay the balance in full each month. If you need a car, you can get one. But make sure you make payments on time, as delayed payments will hurt your credit. Just be optimistic. Over time, your credit will improve, as long as you play by the aforementioned rules.
In my opinion, there is good credit and bad credit. Bad credit is like a department store card, such as Target or Bloomingdales, known as an unsecured credit card. Good credit consists of things like financing a car or your mortgage.
When you have a mortgage and you make payments each month, your credit will go up. But if you open many department store cards and you have open credit limits, that could negatively affect your credit.
What to Notify Creditors
The bankruptcy court will notify all creditors of the following items by email:
The filing of the bankruptcy
The case number
The automatic stay
The name of the trustee assigned to the case (if filed under Chapters 7 or 13)
The date set for the meeting of creditors
The deadline, if any, set for filing objections to the discharge of the debtor and/or the discharge of specific debts
Whether and where to file claims
The exact information in the notice may be slightly different depending on the chapter under which the case is filed.