Filing for bankruptcy is something about which many people are embarrassed. It is important to remember that 85% to 90% of bankruptcy filings are due to divorce, illness, or loss of employment. Therefore, many people are forced to file for bankruptcy due to circumstances they cannot control. However, you have to know that you can survive after bankruptcy. No matter what reasons you had to file in the first place, you need to know that you rebuild your life afterwards!
Most bankruptcy lawyers encourage you to think of filing for bankruptcy as a fresh start. Your debts are wiped out but you will need to work hard to rebuild your credit! The stigma is the same whether you filed for Chapter 7 or bankruptcy Chapter 13. If you are diligent and honest, you will be able to regain a decent credit score in as little as two years. If you put off rebuilding your credit, however, you will find that it takes much longer than it should.
You need to start working hard immediately after your bankruptcy case is over. All of these steps are suggestions on how to reestablish your credit so that you can overcome your bankruptcy and live a happy life. The first step to building up your credit again is to establish new credit lines. Most major credit card companies and banks will most likely not approve you but there are other avenues that you can try. After you talk to the three main credit report companies to make sure that they show your debts have been “discharged in bankruptcy,” you can try to find a bank that will establish a savings account for you. Try to find an account that will have a credit card attached to it; this card is called a secured credit card.
In order to get your life back on track, you need to maintain as positive an attitude as possible. If you allow yourself to be bogged down in the bankruptcy and do not work hard to overcome it, you will have a much harder time reestablishing yourself. Have a story prepared to tell people why you needed to file bankruptcy. If you are honest and show remorse, people will be more willing to give you a second chance.
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