Public records are information pertaining to legal matters that have a direct impact on your finances. They list things like paid and unpaid debts, legal liabilities, and your payment history. They tell a creditor if you are a good risk for a loan. When you are taken to small claims court and a judge makes a ruling against you, this judgment is considered a public record. Foreclosures, bankruptcy, liens, judgments, and lawsuits are all public records that the government is required to file and keep available for the public. Most records stay on your credit report for 7 years however some may remain as long as 10 years.
Keeping Information Off of Public Records
If you are facing small claims court or some other kind of financial dispute, it would be beneficial to you to settle out of court and avoid a public record on your credit report. It is usually better to deal with your creditors directly if at all possible. Adverse records can affect your credit score whether they are paid or unpaid. Public records on credit reports usually relate to financial matters. If you have a criminal history, it is not a public record that will be included in your credit report. It is illegal for credit reporting agencies to use your past criminal history in deciding your credit score.
Sometimes there is more information included in your public record. If you file for a bankruptcy, the amount the court found you legally responsible to pay will be listed. There will also be an exempt amount. This is the amount the court says you are not responsible to pay. Lastly, there will be an asset amount for the amount of personal assets the court used to make its decision. These will all be listed under the bankruptcy and are the kind of public records that can significantly lower your credit ratings and affect your borrowing power. Some other things that you might find in your public records might be things you consider personal, things like if you have had financial counseling, a financial statement, garnishments, and financial marital claims from a divorce. However all of these things affect your income and so they affect your credit.
So maybe you feel like your whole life is on display, well it is not entirely. There are a few categories of strictly confidential records which are protected by law. Confidential records include welfare benefits, income tax, your education level, and medical and criminal records. These records are kept confidential because they contain Social Security numbers, your contact information, health history and your financial information.
How This Happens
So how do your records become public? The government takes making public records available to the public very seriously. It runs a service called PACER that is provided by the federal judiciary. PACER is short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records. This is an electronic public access service. It lets users get case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, via the Internet. The federal website for PACER says that it currently hosts over 500 million case file documents. These are available immediately after they have been electronically filed. This is one of the ways your records become public records. This also allows your information to be reported to the three credit reporting agencies.
Public Records Can Affect Your Credit Score
Public records on your credit report have an impact on your credit score. They can be a deciding factor when a lender is making a financial decision. Having them removed once they are on is a time consuming job. If you have records that are dragging your credit score down get professional help to have them removed. It is always better if the public records portion of your credit report is empty.
How I Deleted Public Records and Raised My Credit Score Over 200 Points
Have you been taken to small claims court and lost? If so, you probably have a public record of some sort on your credit report. This can appear in the form of judgements, bankruptcies, and tax liens. A public record on your credit report can lower your score substantially and be a headache for a long time. Removing a public record from your credit report can increase your score and provide you with peace of mind. A public record item on your credit report can be one of the most annoying and time consuming items you can deal with. Not only do you have to be involved in judicial proceedings, but the public record may remain on your credit report for as much as 7 to 10 years.
What You Can Do About a Public Record
If you have a public record showing up on your credit report, you can still attempt to dispute the information in order to have it removed. However, since public records also involve government agencies and courts, there are some additional steps that need to be taken in addition to disputing the information to the credit bureaus. You can attempt to contact the agencies that are reporting your public records and ask them how long the item will remain on your credit report. A good law firm that specializes in credit repair and counseling may be one of your best options since they know the techniques required to get items removed from your credit report.
If you have not had a public record of some form appear on your credit report yet, you should try to take the necessary steps to avoid it. If someone is planning on taking you to small claims court in order to collect money, it is wise to try an settle with them before it gets to that point. Odds are, you will have to pay the money to them anyway and you would be better of to avoid the credit report headache that can come with having judge-mandated judgments, liens, wage garnishments, or bankruptcies on your credit report. It is almost always better to deal with your creditors directly as opposed to getting the courts involved.
How I Messed Up My Credit Score
I lost my job a few years ago when my company went bankrupt. As I result I had to pass through some tough times financially. My bills piled up and I couldn’t make my monthly payments anymore. Eventually I had racked up major credit card debts that I could not pay and my accounts were sent to collection agencies.
I started getting phone calls from collection agencies at all hours of the day. The harassment was an embarrassment. Finally, I filed for bankruptcy and the creditors stopped hounding me, however the bankruptcy caused major damage to my credit.
I Took Control of My Credit Report
My bad credit prevented me from living my life the way I wanted to. I couldn’t qualify for a home loan, or a car loan. I couldn’t go on vacations because my credit was too low to secure financing for anything.
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Bankruptcy Removed from My TransUnion Credit Report:
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