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Worried that bankruptcy may ruin credit?

| Jul 29, 2019 | Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The idea of reaching such a difficult financial point that individuals are afraid to answer the phone due to possible creditor calls can be harrowing. Unfortunately, numerous people in Oklahoma do face this type of fear because their debt has reached a substantial point. The reasons that their debt reached this point vary, but bankruptcy is one option that has proven successful in helping address outstanding debt.

Though some people may know that bankruptcy could help them, they may put off filing because they worry that the process will do more harm than good. For instance, they may think that bankruptcy will get rid of their current debt but leave them unable to get loans in the future. However, that does not have to be the case. Though bankruptcy can result in a decline in credit scores and will remain on a credit report for years, consumers can work to address that issue.

One way in which individuals can help themselves handle the not-so-beneficial outcomes of bankruptcy is by actively working to rebuild their credit. Paying bills on time makes up a significant part of a person’s credit score, and if parties work to pay their bills on time every month, their scores could see improvement. Additionally, individuals may want to look into using secured credit cards, which differ from regular credit cards because the cardholder makes a deposit that sets the credit limit and acts as collateral.

The idea of rebuilding credit after bankruptcy may seem like a substantial challenge, but there are many ways in which Oklahoma residents could work to do it. Finding the right option could make parties feel more comfortable about the idea of utilizing this legal process to address their outstanding debt. Interested individuals may want to gain information about Chapter 7 from local legal resources.