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Needing Your Bankruptcy Records

Feb 1, 2008
If you are in need of a copy of your bankruptcy records due to loss from an accident such as a flood or fire or personal negligence, you can find relief in record replacement online. You can contact a bankruptcy record site online to send for a copy of your records online through a search by name, state or social security number. You can get this copy free of charge, though numerous sites charge a fee ranging twenty to thirty dollars per search/copy. These copies can be sent by email or through the U.S. mail. This is all a matter of personal preference.

Since section 107 of the bankruptcy code makes any filing in a bankruptcy case public record, this information is now even more accessible due to technology such as the Internet. This can raise concerns for many people who are worried that their personal bankruptcy record information is available for all to see. With identity theft/ identity fraud in full swing it is easy to see that this concern is a valid one. Privacy and protection methods are said to be in place for this specific purpose. Information such as a debtors name, address, attorney, and case number, filing type and file date and location are all located in one easily searchable bankruptcy record document. Assets, liabilities, figures and case status are also included in most bankruptcy records.

If you need a list of previous creditors or a copy of discharge papers to correct your credit report you can find these documents online as well. You can find them through an online search using an online investigative firm. You can find any bankruptcy from the past ten years by name, state or social security number. Though this is helpful for the person who was the previous debtor it can also be hindering as well. Some employers choose to look up bankruptcy filings to base job hire upon. Though this can seem unfair, it is not illegal.

The ability to replace your bankruptcy records is easily available to you. Once you have replaced your records it is best to keep your bankruptcy records on file in a safe place such as a lock box or locking file cabinet for safekeeping. This will better prevent you from making another search for records online saving you time and money.

Anyone who has ever been late on a bill knows creditors are more than happy to give you a call to remind you of your balance. Many times the calls turn a little harsher in demeanor. There are laws to protect consumers on harassment from creditors, however most collection agencies could care less about following these laws and will take them to the limit to try to harass people into paying them.

Most often creditors will threaten to call your employer, threaten to print your name in the paper and threaten to take your car. They are nasty people who are simply out to get the money you owe...no matter what the cost. If you've got one creditor calling, chances are they aren't the only one.

If you file for bankruptcy, you'll find the calls will stop. It may about a week for the creditors to be notified of the pending action and calls may still be made until they are notified. When the creditors are notified they will be advised to contact the bankruptcy attorney for all information. If they continue to call after being notified of the bankruptcy filing, they can be held legally accountable.

If you've ever tried applying for a loan, you know how important your credit report can be. Whether you're buying a car or a house, your credit can not only determine if you get the loan but also the interest rate you qualify for. Since interest rates ultimately determine how much you pay for something in the long run, it can be important to get low rates on large purchases.

A credit report contains a lot of information about you. Your name, addresses, and other necessary information in included on each report. Credit reporting agencies compile these reports and allow them to be available to potential lenders, with your approval. They keep a cumulative report on you, from your first credit account forward.

The federal law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates credit-reporting agencies. The purpose of this law is to make sure that the credit reporting is fair and accurate. Credit reporting agencies give out the credit information to companies and individual consumers. You can gain access to your credit report at any time.
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