Important steps to take to start fresh, following the completion of your bankruptcy.
After filing for bankruptcy, many Auburn and Opelika residents are faced with the scary question, “What do I do now?” Life after bankruptcy holds a lot of uncertainty and will come with some hardships, including rebuilding your credit. However, it can also offer a fresh start to your finances.
Nobody is going to tell you that recovering from bankruptcy is going to be easy, but here are some next steps to take to help you transition into a new financial life.
DISCLAIMER: The following blog post is just advice, and you will be better served to call David S. Clark with your bankruptcy questions. This blog contains helpful tips and advice, but is not professional legal advice, and shouldn’t treated as such.
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Adapt Good Saving Habits
They say history tends to repeat itself, but we want to avoid that in every way possible when facing bankruptcy. The best way to ensure you don’t go bankrupt all over again is to start by establishing superior financial habits. Learning to manage your money is crucial in times like these. Begin with opening a savings account that you can access for financial emergencies only.
Create a Budget & Stick To It
Living on a budget can create a lot of unwanted pressure in your life. However, building a budget is simply a tool to help you spend your money wisely and ultimately, achieve your financial goals. Budgets are a great aid for allowing you to personalize your finances based on your wants and needs.
Don’t Trash Your Paperwork
Although it may be tempting to just throw all of the paperwork away in an attempt to forget about the problem at hand, avoid doing that at all costs. It is very important for you to save all of your paperwork from your bankruptcy case. In the future, you may be asked for these files when applying for certain financial products.
Furthermore, in the instance that a debt collector contacts you about a debt that was discharged in your bankruptcy case, you will have these files on-hand as proof that they were previously discharged.
Rebuild Your Credit, Rebuild Your Financial Freedom
To achieve a new financial life after Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it is very important to take the necessary steps to rebuild your credit. Rebuilding your credit can be accomplished by making your payments on time, opening a secure credit card and gaining a credit-builder loan.
Payment history accounts for 35 percent of your overall FICO credit score calculation. Therefore, it is highly imperative that you are consistent with paying your bills on time when rebuilding your credit. This goes to show that you are becoming financially responsible.
You should begin by reducing your dependence on credit cards in general, though the use of a secured credit card can help you gain a sense of trust through the eyes of your creditors. A secured credit card is usually backed by a savings account in your name, where the money serves as collateral and establishes a spending limit. Once again though, it is still just as important to make those on-time payments with your secured credit card.
Credit-builder loans are just another great way for you to continue rebuilding your credit. With this type of loan, you essentially make fixed payments to your lender and then get access to the loan amount at the end of the loan’s term. Credit-builder loans provide you with another opportunity to show that you are financially responsible enough to consistently make on-time payments.
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney serving the Lee County Area – David S. Clark
If you are an Auburn or Opelika, Alabama resident searching for a new start with Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy, David S. Clark has years of experience serving this community. Contact David S. Clark today for more information!
DISCLAIMER: The above blog post is just advice, and you will be better served to call David S. Clark with your bankruptcy questions. This blog contains helpful tips and advice, but is not professional legal advice, and shouldn’t treated as such.