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Increased Credit Scores by 100 Points

At Credit Law Center we love hearing success stories from past clients. One client shares how Credit Law Center helped her family save money and increase their scores.

What brought you to Credit Law Center?

I was online one day and was looking at homes. A lender reached out to me and we started talking about purchasing a home. She pulled my credit scores and we had some past debt that we needed taken care of. I know credit is important. Based off the information we gave the lender, she gave us some options to get where we needed to get approved. She referred us to one of her Credit Advisors at Credit Law Center and so we got in touch. They assured us that we would only pay for the items that actually got deleted and our advisor talked us through the process and the costs.

How did you feel about working with a Credit Repair Company?

I was a little skeptical at first, but I looked into it. I had a really good feeling about my lender referring me to Credit Law Center. My credit advisor, Kim was really good at getting in touch with me. She let me know if an item was not removed, you didn’t pay for it. I let her know I was going to be out of town on a trip and what I could afford. She made it very inexpensive and worked with me on my budget.  I signed all the paperwork and got my report pulled. She went over everything with me, past debts, and gave me advice on the credit I did have. I hadn’t made my first payment yet, and I saw my scores were already jumping and that was back in January. I was receiving updates every month and my scores just kept jumping. My score has improved 100 points since we started the process.

What has the change in credit scores done for you?

The good thing is, back in December I had just got a vehicle. Then in February my husband and I went to get a vehicle for him. My scores had increased so much, my interest dropped 10% from when I got my vehicle back in December. It has just been awesome!

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Are you purchasing a home now?

Yes, we qualified and based off the information and our credit jumping, we are able to move forward in the loan process.  I have told family about; it was definitely worth it! That’s the good thing with Credit Law Center, any time anything touched my credit they were monitoring it. I was always getting updated and any questions I had to ask, I was able to reach out to my advisor  and could count on her.

Credit Law Center has been awesome and I am happy my lender put me in touch with them. One thing I can say, my husband was very skeptical but after seeing me go through this process with Credit Law Center my husband now wants to go through the repair process and he doesn’t have a bad taste about credit repair anymore.

Do you have questions about your credit report? If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys or credit advisors  and go through a free consultation please give us a call at 1-800-994-3070 we would be happy to help.

If you are hoping to dispute and work on your credit report on your own, here is a link that provides you with a few ideas on how to go about DIY Credit Repair.

A Note From The Author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

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Why We Love Debt Negotiation (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Debt Negotiation (And You Should, Too!)

We love assisting consumers every day and educating them on how they can save money, impact their scores in a positive way, and take action for themselves! Debt negotiation is something most consumers think they could never do! You may be surprised to know that many creditors/collectors will allow a consumer to negotiate with them on bills such as medical debts.

Job loss, medical emergencies, or unexpected expenses can make it hard to make ends meet! If you find yourself in a tight spot financially, and still have unpaid debt piling up it may seem like a nightmare to continue to get calls from those debt collectors.  Although sometimes difficult,  it is possible to negotiate on your own with collectors. To stay organized and run through the process as quickly as possible, these few steps are important.

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Locate Documentation

Locate your current statements and payments you are making. Make sure your payment history and late payment notices are documented. Determine payment arrangements-Look over your finances, bills and money coming in. Come up with a manageable amount that you know you could make. This will help you when you speak with a representative. Knowing what you will hear prior to the phone call will allow you to avoid them pressuring you into payments you cannot handle. The representative is not aware of your other financial obligations so be very honest and outright about what you can handle. Explain to the representative the current situation that you are in isn’t working and try to come to an agreement that you can afford. They may be able to lower the interest rate or accept a lump sum for less than originally documented. If for some reason they are giving you a hard time and you cannot get them to budge, call back and speak to a new rep.

Gather information-
You will want to make sure you are taking notes and keeping names of the people you speak to as well as the date and time the call took place. Anything at this point needs to be documented and kept in writing. If at any point an agreement is made, ask to have it documented in an email or written. This is the most important piece of the puzzle. Agreeing to a payment that hasn’t been documented could mean they do not correctly remove it from a credit report or the information is misplaced, and you are stuck in payments you did not commit to. You will want an outline of the payments you agreed to.

What can I do if I don’t want to negotiate for myself?
In an effort to save time and resources, another option would be to hire a credit repair or credit counseling service. The primary concern would be to learn what kind of work they will do for you upfront and what you will be paying for during the process. At Credit Law Center we use the law as leverage to gain deletions from the credit report. Ideally, this process is one that consumers want to get done quickly whether it is due to wanting to buy a new home, get a new car etc. At Credit Law Center you only pay for the items that we successfully remove so you can expect we want to make sure we are removing items as quick as we can. We go after all of the items on the entire report and our consumers know what they could end up paying in the end. Should you go through credit repair or credit counseling, it is a good idea to continue to monitor your credit report.

Debt Negotiation Options – Another great option is try to negotiate to pay a smaller amount on the debt owed. If you are uncomfortable or the task seems to difficult, we suggest hiring an attorney for this step!

As a law firm we have the ability and power to negotiate judgments, repossessions, charge off, or any sort of debt that is still reporting on a report. We use the power of the law and our attorneys to negotiate these items in a way that’s favorable to you. While not Debt Consolidation or Bankruptcy, we do have significant tools available to us that help negotiate these debts and save you significant amounts of money! We have four attorneys in house that you can lean on for advice and guidance while working on negotiation. Their extensive negotiating experience with banks, collection companies, and collection attorneys has helped our clients save thousands. Our goal is to negotiate the debt as low as possible out of court and get your case dismissed.

If you are in the process of trying to negotiate and come to an agreement with a creditor and have any further questions, our Credit Advisors would be happy to help you. Should you need the expertise and legal advice of on of our attorney’s, please call and they would be happy to answer any questions!

For more information about your credit score, please give Credit Law Center a call at 1-800-994-3070.

A note from the author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

Credit and Collections: Your Guide to Better Credit

Credit and Collections

There are many misconceptions about how a collection could impact a credit score. Often times we have clients that think their scores should be higher and have collection companies calling and breathing down their back about paying a collection. They may even promise that if the collection is paid, it will help the consumer.

So, let’s talk about how FICO weighs your report and the truth about those pesky collections. When looking at the graph below, think of your credit score like a grade card. FICO is grading you using this set of criteria. So, if your balances are high that is a large portion of the FICO pie. If you have recently opened new credit cards, your length of credit history is being impacted as well as the new credit portion of the pie. All of these factors make up the grade you receive through FICO. A great rule of thumb is two revolving accounts and two installments. Also keep in mind, the longer the life on the card, the better!Facts on Fico

Consider this: there is less than a 2% difference whether a collection is paid or unpaid. Most of the weight on the credit score is given to how recent the activity. So, suppose you have a four year old collection with a balance of $300. At this point, it is having very little impact on your scores. Now, you may be thinking the balance is pretty low, I can just pay it off. Not necessarily. Once you pay an old collection like this, the collection activity changes and now you have brand new collection activity within the last 30 days. Meaning, your scores are negatively impacted on your credit scores. Collections do have an impact on your score however, payment history and amount owed makes up 65% of that FICO pie.

Collections are not the only reason a client has a low FICO scores. Here are some other things that may be impacting you:

1. High credit card balances
2. Late payments
3. Not enough trade lines

4. Closing credit cards with great history

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If you are pulling a report online, remember that you are seeing a consumer score and not a real FICO. The only way you will see a true FICO score is from a lending institution. If you have had a report pulled recently and would like to speak with someone about how to increase your scores or remove derogatory items on a report, please call us at 1-800-994-3070. Credit Law Center has helped over 30,000 clients improve their credit scores in as few as 40 days.

A note from the author:The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

Tax Procrastinator? Deadlines Approaching-Here’s What To Do Next

Are you a tax procrastinator?

For many, tax time is an inconvenience and quite frankly, a nuisance. Day to day life can be hectic. When you walk into your kitchen there is probably a corner stacked with bills, right? You know the one. Somewhere in there is some information about a very important day coming up.

April 17th, 2018

It is here once again and if you’ve been procrastinating up to this point, this is your ‘last call’ so, round up those documents and find a trusted resource to file for you. Haven’t even thought of it yet? No worries, you’ve got about one week left!

Here’s what you need in order to file:

1. Personal Info-social for yourself, spouse, and dependents
2. W2’s for 2017
3. Childcare expenses
4. Charitable contributions
5. Medical expenses

Additional:
1. Self employment info
2. Retirement info
3. Rental income
4. State and local taxes or sales tax
5. Educational expenses
6. Job expenses

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What happens if I don’t file my taxes? Well, I am glad you asked!

The serious consequences that can happen are as follows:

  • The IRS will penalize you (seizing money from your bank)
  • Late filing penalties
  • Put a lien on your property
  • Garnish wages
  • Take more money as well as wages

Not to mention the unnecessary stress all this can cause you or your family. For some, filing could mean a tax refund! For others, having to pay may be what is keeping them from filing. Should you be worried about the ability to pay the money or not, the IRS still wants you to file. In an effort to help with this, they conveniently have an option for a payment installment plan.  

If you have questions about reliable resources or could use help with tax liens or judgments, please reach out to an attorney at Credit Law Center, they would be happy to assist you!

 

 

A note from the author:The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

Becoming Mortgage Ready-Credit Law Center

At Credit Law Center we work with several different Mortgage Companies across the globe and want to continue educating our consumers that may be thinking about buying or that may be in the process currently. Some clients that we work with are also currently working with lenders to get approved for a loan. Combining what we know about credit, and what our lenders tell us about the loan process, we have broken down and compiled a short list to keep you informed so you feel comfortable in whatever stage you may be in.

Here is what you have the green light on!

Do:

  • Review your credit report in depth (prior to applying if possible) and look at your credit scores-Credit can impact several things (PMI, Interest Rates, etc)
  • Communicate with your lender-Find a lender that works for you and is available for you and communicates with you throughout the process.
  • Decide what the best “type” of loan will be for you-Ask questions and listen to all options out there.

Do Not:

  • No large deposits
  • No unnecessary job changes-These can have an impact on your qualification and the way your income is calculated
  • No large purchases-Do not go buy new furniture for the new house you are pining over just yet!
  • Don’t pay off a collection during the loan process-This can negatively impact you and potentially drop your credit scores and lower the chances of you getting approved!

What Credit Law Center Did For My Credit Scores

Credit Law Center Testimony:  My Mind Is Changed About Credit Repair Companies

I am 48-years old and I can say I never knew much about credit and how the credit world worked. As far as I knew, I had always had okay credit scores. I quickly learned that was not the case and found myself in some tough situations. I married my first husband very young and he did not have great credit. While I was married to him, my debt climbed to well over $50,000 and I was feeling like I had a brick weighing me down. It was stressful to say the least. Shortly after we were married, we divorced. At the time I was unaware there were any companies out there like Credit Law Center. I was unsure what to do with the debt so I sought counsel with an attorney that encouraged me to file bankruptcy. I felt I needed to get a fresh start in life and it would be a one time deal. I was extremely determined to get my credit back in good standing and thought a bankruptcy was the only way I could improve it.

Fast forward a few years to my second marriage and again, we were having issues with our credit scores. My credit was decent but my second husband also had less than perfect scores. I had many health issues and a lot of medical debt. I also had medical debt from my previous marriage following me around. Again, I filed bankruptcy. This time we filed jointly and my current husband and I tried again to get in a better position. I felt ashamed, betrayed, frustrated among many other emotions.
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Years later we decided to start looking into purchasing a home. After speaking with a Loan Officer, we were told we still didn’t have the credit scores we needed to buy. So, I started looking into credit repair. I needed to repair my credit fast! I signed up with a “credit repair company” that told me I could get my credit cleaned up in 3-6 months. That turned out to not be the case at all. I checked in with them regularly to see how things were going with little contact or explanation of what was happening on their end. While paying my monthly fees, and no removal of items I was becoming very concerned! Nine months went by without any results. Again, I felt frustrated and a little hopeless about improving our credit. We were running out of options and my family was starting to lose hope on finding a home.

Luckily, I started a new job with a mortgage company that referred clients over to Credit Law Center. It took me a while to get the courage to call them because I didn’t want to be scammed out of money again. I was very hesitant.We were told we needed a 40-60 point boost in order to get approved for the loan so I called Credit Law Center and talked with an advisor and signed up immediately. I could not believe how much success I had in my first 40 days and we have now completed the whole process. My family and I moved at the end of October 2017 into a home we love that is brand new. It was a huge relief!

Although I was hesitant about the process, Credit Law Center continued to assure me I would only pay for the results on my report and that was true! I felt that they were honest and straightforward the entire time and for that, I am grateful. There are many companies out there trying to take money from innocent people with no intention of getting the scores where they need to be. I ran into that myself and it can be very disheartening. My credit advisor took the time to educate me on how to use the credit I do have, so that I don’t get into a bad spot again. I just want to thank them for making it possible to buy a home and for the honest work they do.

A Note From The Author: This is an actual client testimony submitted. The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.

Article by Breana Washington

The Elephant in the Room-Credit Repair

The Elephant in the Room

The issue to which everyone is aware, but few want to talk about-credit repair companies.

When you hear credit repair, what pops into your mind? You may have immediately rolled your eyes and scoffed at the phrase “credit repair!” Hey, we get it! You may be picturing someone holed up in their basement, eating Hot Cheetos and hysterically laughing each time they find their next victim in need of a quick fix on their credit scores.

We are right there with you. Eye rolling, scoffing and scratching our heads at how so many people fall victim to these “quick fix” companies-if you can even call them a company. Again, we get it. It makes sense— the low fees, the promises and, of course, the emphasis they put on how your life is going to dramatically improve once you sign up for services. Hope is the driving factor for many. Who can blame consumers for hoping things can be better? These credit repair companies are not working on credit reports like Credit Law Center. We know there are no companies, at this point, that help clients the way we do.

Here’s the difference:

  • We have actual attorneys that work on your file. Yes, we have the word law in our name AND, yes, our Attorneys work for you as a represented party. We use the law as leverage to get accounts deleted for you.
  • You pay only for items successfully removed? Yes! Those monthly fees other companies are charging -that drag on and on- sound low and reasonable now! But, two or three years down the road, the cost starts to add up. We don’t waste any time trying to get derogatory items removed. We are a pay for performance Law Firm. So, you can bet that speed is what we are after!
  • Our credit advisors are here for you to answer questions, be a resource and educate. This is probably the most important part. We don’t want you to be a repeat client if we can help it! We want you to know the ins and outs of the credit game! Our goal is to get you in and out of the process as quick as possible-with as much success as possible. We win when you win!

Our Process
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Who tells you all their fees up front? We do!

You can’t get any more transparent than that! Our website has the pricing menu, our credit advisors tell you the max you might pay, should 100% of the items come off your report. There is nothing hidden and we ensure that you know exactly what you are getting into. The only thing you have to do is decide if we are the right fit for you.

Better Credit, Better Life

The best piece of advice we offer to consumers on a daily basis is, to first, become educated. Please, research other credit repair companies out there; we have! Listen to what they have to offer. What are their fees? Do they tell you upfront? After those questions are answered, go with your gut. In January 2018 we signed over 700 clients. For many of those, they will see results in as little as 90 days. We are not here to sell you a service. We are here to help you build a better life. We have found that building trust means addressing those concerns, up front, with potential clients. So, we ARE talking about the elephant in the room.
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Article by Breana Washington

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Student Loans

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Student Loans

The price for higher education is rising, as is the numbers on student loan debt. What is deemed necessary to be successful in today’s world, is also what is holding many folks back from financial freedom. While many are trying to get ahead in their lives, student debt is following them everywhere and it can be hard to know what the next step is.

According to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system, the average monthly student loan payment is $351 for people between the ages of 20-30. All in all, there are 44.2 million American’s with student loan debt. Can you imagine what happens to those that fall behind on something as serious as a student loan? If you have been in this position, you know how seriously those loans have an impact on your day to day life. Working with over 30,000 clients, we see our fair share of student loans and the impact they have on a consumers credit scores. So what can be done?

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I’ve been sent to collections, now what?

If you have been sent into collections understand that the government has a lot of power when it comes to student loans and grants. They can garnish your wages, take social security benefits and charge very high collection fees. There is no limit for a collection of federal student loans. Once you miss your payment, they will immediately contact you and the tactics will worsen the longer it takes you to pay. There are severe consequences if you default so pay close attention to your loans. The government hires private collection agencies to collect and many of those agencies will try to collect in illegal, and unprofessional ways. You have rights! We recommend if you have felt harassed or threatened by these collection agencies, that you contact an attorney with Credit Law Center right away.

Should I rehab or consolidate?

Rehabbing your student loan means you spend 9-10 months making payments so that you can remove the default status. If you successfully rehab your student loans the loan holder will remove your default from the credit report. If you consolidate, that negative history for the old loan will continue to show until it ages off the report. You will have a current on the new consolidate loan so continue to make timely payments moving forward. No matter what, student loans need to be paid on time. Maintaining good credit is vital so continue to check your credit report often using a credit monitoring system.

Remember, it is best to check your credit report often and continue to ensure that your payments are being made on time. Having late payments can dramatically impact your scores! If your scores are suffering and you have fallen behind on student loans or other bills, you’ll want to get in touch with a credit advisor today.

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Article by Breana Washington

The Truth About Inquiries

Credit Reports. The Soft and Hard Pull Inquiry Finally Explained

There Are Two Main Types of Credit Inquiries

Chances are when you have applied for a credit card or a loan, you have heard the term “inquiry.” This inquiry is a credit check to take a look at your credit report, but there is a difference between the two inquiries.

Often times, we hear the same few questions when dealing with clients. Do they impact my score? What is a hard/soft inquiry? Here is the difference:

Soft Inquiry

A soft inquiry can happen when you pull your report on a website such as credit karma, or background check ran by an employer, or applying for utilities. Remember; these are not your true Fico scores. For more info on the difference in scores, view our blog. At the bureaus discretion, a soft inquiry may be recorded on the report. The soft inquiry will not have an impact on the credit score but a hard inquiry will.

Hard inquiry

Lending institutions such as a bank, mortgage lender or credit card issuers will pull a hard inquiry BEFORE they approve you for the credit card, loan or mortgage. This helps these institutions also determine what the interest will be. When your credit cards are paid down (30% or below) and your accounts are in good standing, the chances of you being approved and paying low interest rates is very good.

Hard inquires do mean you lose a few points from your credit score, however most people lose less than five points. These inquires do not have a long term weight on the credit report. You are looking at about a two year window for hard inquiries.

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If you are curious on how to get a credit score to view your personal report, we can help. You will want to check your scores here.

Do you have inquiries on your credit report?

If there are inquiries on your credit report and you are unsure where they came from, check with a credit repair service such as Credit Law Center-we use the law to help fix your credit in a quick and affordable way! Credit repair companies can help look through the report and address any errors that may have occurred for you to have inaccurate information. We recommend reviewing your credit history often.
Please note that you can only dispute hard pulls executed without your permission. Hard pull inquiries can take up to 2 years to no longer appear on your credit history.

How do I refrain from having too many inquiries?

Every credit card, loan, mortgage application you submit results in a hard inquiry. If you continue to have your report pulled, and those 3-5 points come out every time, you may end up tanking your scores by shopping around. Space your applications out by several months if possible. However, FICO allows 30 days before weighing your inquiries into their algorithms which determine your credit scores. If inquiries occurred within the same period of time, they can be counted as multiple pulls. This is why mortgage companies recommend not having your credit pulled as a hard inquiry due to the possibility of it lowering and in turn qualifying for a higher interest rate and finally potentially unfortunately not buying a home. Nobody wins!

Conclusion

Credit scores have a critical part in our financial outcomes in life. A good credit score is considered to be scores higher than “700”. When applying for credit, take the time to build your scores. Feel free to use our site as a resource, we love answering questions!To get assistance on tracking soft or hard inquiries that could impact your credit scores, inspect credit reports from Transunion, Equifax, and Experian. CLICK HERE to get in touch with a credit analyst for more details.
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A Note From The Author: The opinions you read here come from our editorial team. Our content is accurate to the best of our knowledge when we initially post it.
Article by Breana Washington

5 Myths on Credit and Divorce

5 Myths On Credit and Divorce

Making the decision to end a relationship with a loved one can be one of the toughest calls to make in a person’s life. If you are considering divorce, what is not working is outweighing what is. Whether you are waiting for your spouse to pull the trigger because you can’t yourself. Or, you’re getting your finances in align prior to making the move, there are a few things to know and how the decision will directly impact your credit score.

In this article we address 5 myths about divorce and credit, so you can make the best financial decision for YOU when D-Day comes.

Myth #1: Spouses share a credit score

In the credit world, each person carries their own credit score. Purchases made together still show on each report. If your spouse is negatively reporting due to a late payment and you are an authorized user on that account, your report will also reflect that negative trade line.

Note: There is a major difference between being an authorized user and having a joint account.
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Myth #2: Being married or divorced affects my score

Status, age, gender, race, income, or investment does not have any impact on your credit score. Your negative or positive credit history is what makes up a score. Paying bills on time, keeping balances low and your credit utilization.

Myth #3: The legal status of a relationship doesn’t matter

Joint accounts, mortgages and car loans do. Managing those accounts will affect both of your scores whether you are married or divorced.

Myth #4: After my divorce is finalized, my score is no longer impacted by my ex

Unfortunately, your scores can continue to be affected by your previous spouse long after the marriage ends. Co-owner of a credit card that is used by your ex can mean you are still responsible for the debt, married or not. Some states consider all open accounts opened during marriage, a joint account.

Myth #5: One spouse acquires credit card debt he/she is solely responsible

A divorce decree does not cancel previous credit contracts. As such, the decree is only responsible for writing out who is responsible for existing debts. A divorce decree will not automatically remove joint or authorized users from accounts. Read more on divorce decrees here!

If you have previously gone through a divorce and are unsure of what your credit report is reflecting, please pull a report here IDIQ
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