If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the credit repair process, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve drafted several credit repair letters you can use as samples to help take the guesswork out of the procedure. Please understand these are only samples and are not to be used word for word. Even though some of these letters were prepared by a lawyer, we can’t be liable for someone using these letters incorrectly and we are not here to give legal advice.
You should always consult a lawyer when drafting a letter that can have a lasting impact on your credit. Still, you should still be familiar with the process on your own. We’ve pulled together an arsenal of helpful resources, tips, and success stories to aid you in fixing your credit using dispute letters. When done correctly, you can see quick and effective results and start getting access to better interest rates and terms.
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The Credit Repair Process
It’s very important that you take the time to learn the credit repair process. Read all the articles on this website to make sure you understand which ones apply to your credit situation. Then you can start browsing letter templates to find one applicable to your situation.
Be aware that not understanding the proper protocol can actually have lasting damage. If you don’t know when to send the right letters at the right time, your credit score could worsen rather than improve. When it comes to credit repair, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to improve your credit score so take the time to do some reading as the first step of the repair process.
- Sample Dispute Letters
- Sample Validation Letters
- Sample ‘Pay for Delete’ Letters
- Sample Cease & Desist Letter
- Sample Goodwill Letter
- ChexSystems Letters
Using Credit Repair Letter Templates
The credit repair letters listed above are wonderful resources that you can use to help repair your credit. By sending letters to credit reporting agencies, you force lenders to prove that you did owe them money and that they are justified in adding the negative item on your credit report. This places the burden of proof on your lenders rather than allowing them to assume everything on your credit report is correct.
The above letters are only samples, so you can use those as a guideline and fill in your own personal commentary. In fact, we recommend personalizing your letter so that it looks original in the eyes of credit bureau staff. They look at hundreds of letters a day and are sure to notice which letters have been copied and pasted, and which ones actually incorporate some original thought.
The common thread amongst all credit repair letters, no matter what information you’re trying to dispute, is including the right kind of information. Remember that the burden of proof is on the credit bureau or creditor, so don’t provide any more information on your account or payment history than is necessary. Also be sure to include what kind of resolution you’re looking for.
You might ask that the credit bureau remove a negative item that is incorrect or outdated. Or perhaps your loan balance information is inaccurate and you’d like to it to reflect the lower amount. Both of these things can help your credit score in different ways. Removing a negative item is helpful, but so is updating information to be more positive. Keep both strategies in mind when writing your letter.
Why Do I Need To Send a Credit Repair Letter?
Writing letters is the best practice when dealing with the credit bureaus, your creditors, and collection agencies because it allows you to keep concrete evidence of your communications should you need to provide evidence in a lawsuit against them. All communication with them should be done in writing. The letter should have a formal tone and be clear and concise to provide the most effective results.
You may also want to consider writing it in ink so they know a real person wrote it. It shouldn’t be too stuffy because if it reads like a form letter the credit bureaus might deem them as “frivolous” and in legal terms, they wouldn’t have to respond to you.
If you send letters to a credit reporting agency, you need to be very careful it is done correctly. If you constantly send letters requesting items be removed, they will start ignoring you. You need to get it right the first time in order to have a good shot at getting negative items removed from your bad credit report.
Once again, if you do decide to send a dispute letter on your own, it’s important to write using your own words. Make sure the letter looks and sounds like it is coming from you. Keep the letter short and to the point.
Since it is a risky proposition to undertake sending dispute letters on your own, you may want to consider hiring a professional credit repair service. Many of them have paralegals and lawyers that do this for a living who can make sure it is getting done right the first time.
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My Credit Score Improved Because of Credit Repair Letters
A couple years back, I was laid off from my job. Things gradually got worse and worse until my company decided that they had to file for bankruptcy. Finances were already pretty tight for me and I didn’t have much savings, so the bills kept on piling up. I continued to get further and further behind and had to use credit cards for my day-to-day purchases.
It finally got to the point to where I had maxed out all of my credit cards and no longer had any way to pay some of my bills. My cards went into default and I had to file for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy destroyed my credit. I felt like a second-class citizen. No bank would even give me the time of day when it came to getting a loan. I was driving a car that barely ran because I couldn’t afford a new one. I had to constantly make expensive repairs to the car.
Following one of the car’s breakdowns, a friend of mine told me to check out Lexington Law. I wasn’t sure what to think, but I trusted my friend and gave them a call. I got a free credit consultation and they offered to go to work right away to remove the bad items from my credit report. I decided to go ahead with them and after a few months, I got some letters from credit reporting agencies notifying me some items had been removed from my credit report.
After a few short months, my credit score had risen to where I could finally get a new car. Without Lexington Law, it would have taken years before my credit got turned around. With them, it was faster than I thought possible. If you want to make sure it gets done right, let the professionals at Lexington Law take care of it for you. See the video below for more information.