How to raise your credit score for free

On February 28, 2012, in Bankruptcy, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

This is information that we provide to our bankruptcy clients, but others may find it useful as well.

First, beware of credit repair companies that claim they can magically erase derogatory entries from your report. No one can erase derogatory information from your credit report if the information is accurate and properly reported. However, if there is old or inaccurate information on your credit report, you can correct it yourself for free. Here is how:

A few months after your bankruptcy case is discharged, you should obtain a copy of your credit report. You can obtain a free credit report every twelve months by going to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.

You should examine your credit report tradelines and dispute any improper or inaccurate entries. You should note any of your discharged debts that are being reported as something other than “discharged” (ask your bankruptcy attorney how specific pre-filing and discharged debts should be reflected on your credit report).

Your dispute can be filed online or in writing. Your credit report will contain detailed instructions on how to dispute inaccurate/improper information. The credit bureau will conduct an investigation and should remove the incorrect information. This, in turn, should have a positive impact on your credit score!

As always, The Law Firm of VAUGHN & WEBER, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island. Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a Free bankruptcy consultation.

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