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Starting Credit Repair│5 Questions You Should Ask

So You’re Saying There’s A Chance?

All jokes aside, credit repair is a very serious matter.  We have come into contact with many companies that over promise and under deliver when it comes to the services they offer. Have you been teetering back and forth between companies but have been unsure what to ask? Well here’s your guide for working through the sales pitch, and getting to the hard facts.

What is credit repair and how does it work?

When a consumer decides that they are going to attempt credit repair there is often a “pain point” involved that has led them to this decision. For many of our clients, they have visited a lending institution and have been denied financing. Being denied for a home loan or car loan can really get a person in gear and ready to go because credit is important when it comes to major financial purchases. Have you been denied financing recently and are trying to start making your way back toward better credit?

You may find yourself looking for ways to improve your credit score and running into a dead end with “repair” companies. Another thing you may have found is that you may have heard that you can work on your credit repair yourself.

A law firm, like Credit Law Center has the ability to do more than both a consumer and what a credit repair company can. The side by side shows just a few things that you may want to start quizzing your current or potential credit repair company you hire on and start to look for companies that can help you out in all aspects of credit repair.

1. What Will I Need To Get Started?

In order to enroll in credit repair with Credit Law Center you will want to speak with a credit advisor first. They will walk you through our process and what you can expect as far as cost and time frame goes. You will know after your consultation what the cost could be for credit repair if every item came off the report.

You will notice we said if everything comes off. Each item is priced per line item as we only want to charge a client for the successful removal of what we dispute. You would receive a contract ceiling price and be billed accordingly after each round is completed. We are a pay for performance company, which just means you will only pay us for results as opposed to a monthly repair company.

Next, you will need a copy of your credit report, which the credit advisor will pull with you. They will go through line by line with you and educate you on how you can improve scores while we work on any derogatory items on the report. You can expect to pay $1 at the consultation and then decide if you would like to work with our Law Firm. Again, you will be quoted all pricing before ever signing a contract.

Although the cost may sound cheaper per month for a monthly program, and manageable for your budget, it might hurt you more in the long run.  Too often we see consumers that agree to this and they end up signing up for something that takes years for them to improve their credit. Our typical time frame is 60-120 days depending on what other items are positively reporting on a report.

We will work inside anyone’s budget!

Finally, a contract will be emailed to you and after a few ID’s submitted to your credit advisor, you will be ready for credit repair! We are built for speed and this is why 53% of our business comes from referral partners like loan officers and real estate agents. They can expect that their clients will get results quickly, and be ready for financing.

2. Is There An Attorney Involved/Working For Me?

We currently have 3 attorneys in the office that our clients can speak with about their credit reports or any legalities they may come across during or after credit repair. These attorneys also have the ability to work on your behalf, to stop collection calls as well as work with you on what you can say now that you are a client. When a collection company calls you and you are represented by a law firm, you have the ability to request no further communication at that time. Should you continue to receive calls, you may be able to sue for continued harassment.

Does your current “law firm” have the ability to do this? Ask the hard questions!

 

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3. Do They Have The Ability To Negotiate And Sue?

Credit Law Center has sued all three major credit agencies: Experian, Transunion, and Equifax. Ask your current or potential company in questioning if they can do this!

Unfortunately for a consumer, there are many ways that these agencies and collection companies go in and break the law. The main reason for this is due to the lack of education out there about credit and what can or cannot be done. You want a legal team guiding you and informing you of your rights through this process.

Our legal team is versed in the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) and  FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).

Although your credit advisor will not give you legal advice, you can rest assured that as a client you have access to any of the attorneys on staff about matters such as harassing phone calls and items being misreported. They can also negotiate debts on your behalf or sue for damages if you have been impacted by misreporting on a credit report.

4. Who Will Be Monitoring My Credit?

There seems to be many companies out there right now that do not monitor the clients credit while in repair, or do not let them know if they have new activity or items reported. We will monitor your credit with our monitoring service and will update you every 45 days or so on your report. You have access to a copy of the report at all times.

Do you receive updated copies of your credit report with your current service?

This is vital for us, as it allows us to see what items are being removed when we dispute and allows us to also see if you are ready to go from a credit score standing on financing. We will never hold a client in repair any longer than need be. If they are at a point that a lender says they are ready to move forward, we will pull them out of repair and send them on their way!

5. Am I Being Billed Monthly Regardless of Items Being Removed or Not?

Lastly, and most importantly, ask what you are being billed for. If you are working with a credit repair company and spending money monthly with no activity as far as your score moving at all, it may be time to make a switch. We are saying there’s a chance! If you work with the right company that can provide you with great results and you listen to the education our credit advisors provide, you may be off to your dream home or dream car sooner than you thought!

If  you are currently working with a credit repair company and are not satisfied with your results, please let us know. We would be happy to help you get financially ready for whatever your next steps might be (house loan, car loan, etc.) Please  contact us today for your personal consultation with a Credit Advisor. We have helped over 30,000 clients improve their scores. Let us get you back on the path toward financial freedom.

Article By Breana Washington

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.

Check out Credit Law Center’s infographic on 4 myths of collections reporting on credit reports.
credit collection myths infographic

credit collection myths infographic

 

Reconsidering Rent-To-Own│More Risk or More Reward?

Is Rent-To-Own A Sure Thing?

The here and now seems to take the front seat as opposed to decisions that are best for the budget for a lot of families.

“We need more space.”

“Our credit isn’t where it needs to be.”

“What is the quickest way to start building for our future and not funding my landlords retirement?”

Rent-to-own is here. But should it be the move you make?

What Am I Agreeing To?

Rent-to-own contracts can be a little misleading. As with any contract you sign, double check that everything makes sense and is conducive for you and your family in the long run.

Remember when you said you were not wanting to fund your landlords retirement? The typical lease a family signs is a 12 month lease. Anything after that is usually month to month or on extended terms.  With rent-to-own you are saying that you will lease possibly 2-3 years. At the end of those terms, then you have the option to buy it.

Most rent-to-own tenants have decided this option is best for them because they do not have a lump sum for a down payment or cash on hand.

Read further about a few things you may have not been aware of in the rent-to-own agreements.

What They Don’t Tell You

Although you are leasing the home this does not mean that by the end of the lease agreement you will still be approved. Although you did have the first pick on the home, they cannot guarantee that you are getting approved for the loan. This is no fault to the landlord.

If you were having a hard time getting approved for a loan before due to poor credit prior to the lease agreement and didn’t make any effort to work toward better credit, or something happened to your credit in the few years you were in the home, it won’t matter. Unfortunately, you will still be denied.

You will lose the money you put into the home as well.

Prior to signing your rent-to-own lease, you should still meet with a mortgage banker to know what you will need as far as payment, scores, etc. go to close when it comes time for the lease to end and the loan to kick in.

 

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The Fine Print

There are many things you need to go into detail with the seller on prior to agreeing to a rent-to-own home. As with a lease, there should be other factors taken into consideration prior to signing on the dotted line.

  1. Are there any liens on the current home?
  2. What will you do if you don’t decide to buy it?
  3. How does the home inspection work?
  4. How much will I buy it for?

Liens On The Home

This is vital! There should be no reason to argue over who owns the title to the home. Speak with someone about all the details, complete research and make sure you have a party involved that knows what they are doing. There are way too many scammers and companies out there that can lie and pull the wool over your eyes and you’re stuck with no where to turn when you thought everything was going to work out just fine.

Taking A Pass

Let’s say you lived in the home for a few years and decide you don’t want to buy it. What then? Double check that the contract has a clear and defined understanding of what will happen if you should choose to not purchase at the end of the lease. The unfortunate part is that the money you did spend is nonrefundable.

Inspection Time

As with any normal inspection, the condition of the home should be documented and photos should be taken off interior and exterior and any major concerns.

Purchase Time

You and the seller will decide on a price up front. With the purchase price being locked in, this does not protect you from the possibility of the home’s value dropping. If that is the case, it will not save you from the price dropping. You will still be held at the price that was decided on at the time of the contract unfortunately.

Not to mention, if the current landlord is not financially sound and possibly loses the home while you are the current tenant you most likely lose the option to purchase and again, the money is gone with the wind.

In Closing

There may be some benefits to your family signing a rent-to-own option but this is one to be weary of when walking through the process. There are home loans out there you can apply for that will work for you, especially if you are a first time home buyer. There are also options out there to not only help you improve your credit scores, but also work with you on smaller down payments and lower scores (although your interest rates will be higher).  If low credit scores are keeping you from improving your living situation, please contact us today for a free credit consultation. We have helped over 30,000 clients improve their scores. Let us get you back on the path toward financial freedom.

Check out Credit Law Center’s infographic on 4 myths of collections reporting on credit reports.
credit collection myths infographic

credit collection myths infographic

 

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

A Credit Rating, Not A Character Rating

The People Behind The Credit Score

At Credit Law Center we fully believe in the people behind the credit scores. A company is only as good as its “Why” and what matters to us most, is our clients. We recognize that bad things happen to great people and wish to help improve individuals buying power, like the client testimony below.

 

A Credit Rating, Not a Character Rating

“After 15 years of marriage, I began an 18 month long divorce. In my marriage, my main job was to care for our 4 kids and maintain the home. We puchased 2 homes during our marriage, a few rental properties, and vehicles. I assumed I had credit, as anyone would but figured out quickly that wasn’t the case. Because I had been a stay home mother, and only working off and on during that time, I wasn’t on any of the loans, everything was in his name.

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I was unaware that he emptied the checking and savings accounts. So there I was, not a dime to my name, absolutely no credit to speak of, and four little mouths to feed. I started a new job quickly after the separation but that income wasn’t enough to pay for day care cost and all the other expenses that go along with life. Within 60 days I had 3 jobs while trying my best to be a great mom to my kids. I was exhausted. That Christmas I had $85.00 to spend for 4 of my kids!

Nine months into the divorce when I thought things were already bad enough, my car was repossessed. Months later I found out my ex-husband had not filed taxes in a long time, so I then had a huge tax lien on my credit. At this point, I had no where to turn. I couldn’t rely on my family financially, and began to fall deeper and deeper into an emotional and financial hole. Establishing credit was impossible. I had a huge tax lien, and didn’t have any extra money to do anything about it.

Your Guide

Luckily, I met a credit advisor from Credit Law Center and he thought he may be able to help me. I felt like it was a huge waste of his time, there was NO way he could do anything for me. We devised a game plan within 30 minutes and he took the time to give me info for a CPA that would help me with the IRS on my tax lien. The cost for credit repair was not as expensive as I had thought and he offered to work out payment arrangements with me! I appreciated being treated like a person and it was clear that my advisor was taking my situation seriously and that he truly did want to help. That was the first time in over a year I had any kind of hope. I began to establish credit in my name, Credit Law Center successfully removed all my medical collections with in 6 weeks and the CPA he referred me to came up with a compromise with the IRS. Before I met them, I had no idea of where to start or how I was going to do it on my own. I am so grateful now to have good credit, financial freedom, and my life back.”

Are you unsure what the next step is for you? Let one of our Credit Advisors guide you back to financial freedom today! 816-994-4600

Article by Breana Washington

A Credit Rating, Not A Character Rating

The People Behind The Credit Score

At Credit Law Center we fully believe in the people behind the credit scores. A company is only as good as its “Why” and what matters to us most, is our clients. We recognize that bad things happen to great people and wish to help improve individuals buying power, like the client testimony below.

 

A Credit Rating, Not a Character Rating

“After 15 years of marriage, I began an 18 month long divorce. In my marriage, my main job was to care for our 4 kids and maintain the home. We puchased 2 homes during our marriage, a few rental properties, and vehicles. I assumed I had credit, as anyone would but figured out quickly that wasn’t the case. Because I had been a stay home mother, and only working off and on during that time, I wasn’t on any of the loans, everything was in his name.

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I was unaware that he emptied the checking and savings accounts. So there I was, not a dime to my name, absolutely no credit to speak of, and four little mouths to feed. I started a new job quickly after the separation but that income wasn’t enough to pay for day care cost and all the other expenses that go along with life. Within 60 days I had 3 jobs while trying my best to be a great mom to my kids. I was exhausted. That Christmas I had $85.00 to spend for 4 of my kids!

Nine months into the divorce when I thought things were already bad enough, my car was repossessed. Months later I found out my ex-husband had not filed taxes in a long time, so I then had a huge tax lien on my credit. At this point, I had no where to turn. I couldn’t rely on my family financially, and began to fall deeper and deeper into an emotional and financial hole. Establishing credit was impossible. I had a huge tax lien, and didn’t have any extra money to do anything about it.

Your Guide

Luckily, I met a credit advisor from Credit Law Center and he thought he may be able to help me. I felt like it was a huge waste of his time, there was NO way he could do anything for me. We devised a game plan within 30 minutes and he took the time to give me info for a CPA that would help me with the IRS on my tax lien. The cost for credit repair was not as expensive as I had thought and he offered to work out payment arrangements with me! I appreciated being treated like a person and it was clear that my advisor was taking my situation seriously and that he truly did want to help. That was the first time in over a year I had any kind of hope. I began to establish credit in my name, Credit Law Center successfully removed all my medical collections with in 6 weeks and the CPA he referred me to came up with a compromise with the IRS. Before I met them, I had no idea of where to start or how I was going to do it on my own. I am so grateful now to have good credit, financial freedom, and my life back.”

Are you unsure what the next step is for you? Let one of our Credit Advisors guide you back to financial freedom today! 816-994-4600

Article by Breana Washington

How to Protect Those With a Developmental Disability When Handling Finances

Managing money can be challenging for most Americans, even in the best situations. For the 6.5 million people in the United States living with a developmental disability money, credit and debt create a unique concern.

Developmental disability is a term used when a person has a specific limitation in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. Examples of developmental disabilities include autism, attention deficit disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

Developmental disabilities vary greatly, so do the abilities of the disabled to handle their finances. Some individuals with developmental disabilities may be able to make sound financial decisions and for others receiving a credit card solicitation may lead them to overspend and put them at significant risk for a financial uproar.

How Can I Help My Family Member Make Sound Money Decisions

For many family members caring for an individual with a developmental disability we often question how much do we help, or what do we do to protect their finances. The ultimate goal is to achieve as much independence and still be there for them when they need our help.

Here are a few tips on how to help a developmentally disabled loved one with their finances.

1.Don’t Overstep

Intellectual disabilities vary in degrees, and for some individuals, they may be perfectly capable of handling their finances. If you are helping that individual in other activities of their daily living, it may be very natural for you to want to help them with this area. Many individuals with disabilities want to be as independent as possible. It is important to remember that they may see this as you overstepping or you trying to control their life. Keep in mind what their strong points are and offer advice as you would to any other.

Set up Accounts with Limitations

You may be tempted to set up joint checking accounts, or a credit card with an authorized user so you can easily track their spending behaviors.It is also important to remember that setting up these types of accounts opens you up to financial liability for any checks written or any credit card charges they have made. You may consider opening a Secured credit card for them, a prepaid card.

Put Credit Safeguards in Place

Reduce the number of credit offers sent to your developmentally disabled family member by opting out of receiving prescreened offers of credit at OptOutPreScreen.Com or by calling 888-5-OPT-OUT.

You may also want to look into putting a credit freeze on your loved one’s credit report. Having a freeze placed will make it difficult to obtain credit, but could also prevent your loved one from impulsive credit card applications.

Monitoring your loved ones credit report for any unauthorized activity or any credit errors is a good rule of thumb. Consumers are allowed one free credit report from all three major credit reporting bureaus; this can be obtained at www.annualcreditreport.com. 

Depending on the level of developmental disability you may also look into either guardianship or become power of attorney for your loved one.

79% of All Credit Reports Contain Errors – Credit Law Center

Hard to believe that 79% of all credit reports contain errors, but according to the FTC it is true. I know you are thinking!!!! How many of us would still be employed if we even made half the mistakes as the credit reporting agencies do on a consumers report?

So… When was the last time you looked at your credit report? Professionals suggest reviewing your report at least once a year, and you may do that at freeannualcreditreport.com. You’re probably thinking; well what do I look for? Here a few of the most common mistakes on credit reports.

1. Identify Errors

Look for information that isn’t your name, address, date of birth, social security numbers. Credit reporting agencies may often get this type of information mixed up. We see a lot of cases where you may be a Jr and your father a Sr, at one time you lived in the same house, so the credit reporting agencies can easily get this information crossed. Another example of how things can get information can be mixed is f you have a common name like Bob Smith; it’s common to have more than one Bob Smith in the same town. If you have ever been a victim of identity theft, you will want to carefully review this section to make sure the addresses are correct, date of birth.

Inaccurate reporting of account status

Inaccurate reporting of an account status can have a significant impact on your credit score. Below are the most common ways per a recent publication from the CFPB.

    1. Closed accounts reported as open
    2. Debt listed more than once(possibly using two different company names)
    3. Incorrect date of last payment, date it was opened, or date of the first delinquency.
    4. You are listed as the account owner when you were just the authorized user on the card.
    5. Accounts that are incorrectly reported as late or delinquent.

 

 

Here is an example of inaccurate reporting.

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Here is what correct reporting looks like.

 

Correct Credit Reporting

What if you find an error?

Finding errors on your report can be upsetting, but always keep in mind that by law credit reports must be timely, accurate and verifiable. There are several different outlets you can take in trying to correct the errors, you may dispute the information with major credit reporting agencies, or seek professional help. Be careful who you choose as some credit repair companies may not be able to help with all areas

 

 

Correcting Errors May Significantly Impact Your Score

Leaving incorrect information on your report may significantly impact your credit score and any interest rates that you have on future loans.

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What is a Credit Report? – Credit Law Center

A credit report is a detailed compilation of information about the way you handle your debt, which is managed by businesses known as credit reporting agencies. In the United States, we have three major credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. All three credit reporting agencies collect your detailed information from lenders to create a credit report, and depending on the type of accounts you have will update every 30 days. Occasionally, some business do not report monthly, but if at any point you let the trade line go unpaid or late they will report.

What is a Credit Report?

1. Personal Information

This section will include Social security number, date of birth, address and employment history. This information can be excellent in identifying identity theft. Always verify that the information reporting is correct, especially if you have the same name and address as another family. This information can easily be reported incorrectly, and you may end up with a mixed credit file. Having a file that is combined could be a significant hassle when trying to correct it.

2. Trade Lines

This section will include department store cards, automobile loans, mortgages and credit cards, and depending on the status of the account it may or not be positive or negative. If you have had a bankruptcy, charge off or repossession this may be negative.

3. Collection Accounts

A collection may be an unpaid medical bill, an unpaid utility bill, or any other bill that went into delinquency and being reported to the credit bureaus from the original company. A Collection item listed on the credit report will always be considered harmful no matter if it is paid or unpaid.

4.Court Records

Court records include bankruptcies, satisfied or unsatisfied liens, and satisfied or unsatisfied judgments.

 

5.Inquiries

When you apply for a credit card, personal loan or home or automobile loans a lender will pull your credit file, and an inquiry will be reported to the credit reporting agencies. An inquiry may not show on all three major credit reports, as some lenders us just one bureau to pull your history.

Making sure your credit report is accurate and verifiable is important. You should check your report at least once a year to make sure the items reporting are correct. AnnualCreditReport.com allows you to review each major credit reporting agency once a year at no cost.

Are You Afraid of The Dark? How to Face Your Credit Fear

Throughout our lives, we all come across situations or things that we fear. As a child, I can remember being afraid of the dark and the monsters under the bed. I am positive many of you can remember lying still at night and not wanting to move or a make a noise, but suddenly you get the courage to get up and run for the light. Do you remember the exhilarating feeling that came over you when you realized there was no reason to be afraid of the dark? Magically, there weren’t any monsters at all.

Each day as I sit in my cubicle and listen to our credit analysts help our customers face the same kind of fears only this time it is adult situations. Many of our credit repair clients start out “Afraid of the Dark.”

1. Shining the Light on Your Fear

The first step in overcoming your fear of your financial situation, you must be willing to shine the light in all the dark corners of their situation and face it head on. A significant amount of our clients are afraid to look at their credit reports; they fear their credit scores are so low or what the report might have on it. Most of the time once they have faced that fear head on and build up the courage to flip that light on they get that same exhilarating feeling they did as a kid.

2. Replace the Negative Words and Thoughts.

Recently a friend of mine gave me a copy of the hit book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. This book goes into great detail on the “law of attraction.” and how our thoughts and words affect our daily life. How many times as a child do you remember hearing “Can’t never did anything?”As much as we hated hearing that phrase, we all know that if we don’t believe in ourselves, we will never achieve it. Same thing goes with the words like fear, or it is going to take forever for credit repair. Each day wake up and decide that you will succeed, you will achieve your ultimate goal. For example, remove the phrase ‘ I am so worried my credit score will take forever to improve’ replace that phrase ‘ I have faith my score will improve enough to qualify for a home.’

3. Setting small goals to help eliminate fear

The definition of Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger. Fear is often the cause of our mind wandering or creating a sense of fear for the unknown. The best way to overcome fear is to conquer it. One key factor to overcoming our fear with credit issues is to set small obtainable goals. If you set small goals that you can achieve you will quickly start to see the results. Exposing your fears will be a key to succeeding.


 

Notifying The Credit Bureaus of the Passing of A Loved One – Credit Law Center

The passing of a loved one comes with many daunting tasks and an overwhelming amount of emotion. One task you may overlook is reporting their death to the three credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. When a loved one passes, the Social Security Administration will eventually get around to notifying the credit bureaus. However, it could take approximately six months or more.Unfortunately, thieves are no longer just targeting the living. They will file tax returns, obtain credit cards and blatantly steal the deceased’s identity.The good news is there are a few steps that the loved ones can take to help prevent identity theft on their loved one.

Why Thieves Target The Deceased

Death notices and public obituaries allow for your loved one’s credit profile to be an easier target. Criminals will use the information published in the obituaries to dig deeper to obtain more personal information from the social security index or death certificate.

Many family members or other relatives will have access to personal and financial information, making it easy to commit identity theft.

Steps to Take to Report Your Loved One’s Passing

1.Get multiple copies of the certified death certificate.
2.Report the death to all three credit bureaus.

  • Send a certified letter to the three credit bureaus.  You will want to include the Name, Social Security Number, date of birth, date of date, and the last address. You will also need to attach a copy of the certified death certificate,  and any documentation naming you the executor or executrix, and your state issued id.
  • It is important that in your letter you ask the credit bureaus to add the following statement – Deceased – Do Not Issue Credit.

Where to Send the Letters

  • Equifax Office of Consumer Affairs PO Box 105169 Atlanta, GA 30348
  • 1-800-685-1111
  • Experian PO Box 9701 Allen, TX 75013
  • 1-888-397-3742
  • Transunion PO Box 6790 Fullerton, CA 92834
  • 1-800-888-4213

Requesting a copy fo the deceased’s credit reports will help you determine what creditors the deceased had and who to contact by phone of their passing. It is important to contact any credit card companies, banks, auto loans, or mortgage loans of their passing. Notifying them of the death will allow these account holders to close the account and not allow any further debt to accumulate.

One important factor to remember before closing out any active credit cards or trade lines is to find out if you or any other family member is joint on the accounts. Closing an active trade line that you are a joint holder on may end up damaging your credit.