Yes, you can rebuild your credit within a few years if you’re careful about your finances and pay your bills on time after you’re done with your bankruptcy case.
A lot of people worry about their credit history when they consider filing for bankruptcy in New York. It’s a legitimate concern and a healthy impulse to raise the question.
However, in the grand scheme, if you’re behind on a lot of bills and unlikely to be able to pay them off over time, then your credit history is likely to suffer regardless of which path you take. Sure, bankruptcy affects your credit score. But bear in mind repossessions, foreclosures and collection lawsuits become part of your credit history and remain there for as long as a bankruptcy does (i.e., 10 years).
If you’re drowning under a mountain of debt, then a more logical way to think about it is this: filing for bankruptcy is the first step you take towards rebuilding your credit history. When you file for bankruptcy, the case ends with a discharge. The discharge gives you a clean slate and the breathing space to get your finances in order. And regaining control of your finances is the path towards rebuilding your credit score.
Additionally, after your discharge, you are suddenly very attractive to certain lenders. Why? Because you suddenly have little or no debt. As a result, most debtors receive new credit card offers after coming out of bankruptcy — though it’s important to note that the credit cards generally have stricter standards and more limits than the types of credit cards you might have had previously. Still, if you need a credit card, and you use it responsibly, then you’ll build up your credit score gradually over time. In fact, using a credit card and making payments on time over a period of time actually improves your credit score.
If you have more questions about credit cards and credit card debt, or if you’re considering filing for bankruptcy to deal with credit card debt or any other debt, please feel free to contact experienced Brooklyn bankruptcy attorney Bruce Weiner for a free initial consultation. I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and figure out the best strategy for you to move forward with your financial life.