A judgment occurs when a creditor takes you to court, sues you, and wins his case against you. The creditor must do this before the statute of limitations has expired for the original debt. Typically, the court will try and contact you via mail, but they do not need proof that you were contacted, and you do not have to be present for your creditor to win. The creditor only has to provide proof that the debt is owed. You want to avoid this at all costs; for it is after a judgment is issued that a creditor can seize bank accounts, assets, or garnish wages. In addition, it is easy to renew a judgment once its statute of limitations has passed. In effect, if the creditor is diligent about his renewals, you could find yourself in the position where a judgment against you never expires. A judgment will drop off your credit report after seven years, but your creditor can hound you until the debt is paid.
If the account contains any incorrect, incomplete, misleading, erroneus, or misleading information, the repossession may be deleted from your credit report. But you do not need to hire a lawyer and pay thousands of dollars. You can hire a credit repair service which will be a lot more cost effective.
A lawyer...only and always.
I hate to sound like a lawyer, but it depends. If you have separate credit reporting accounts, it may affect the wife's credit slightly. If there is only a joint credit account, yes, it will affect the wife's credit the same as the husband's. You can ask the 3 major credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) to separate out your credit histories. If the foreclosure has already started, it may be too late. Get a free credit report from each (once each year) at www.annualcreditreport.com.
If you have a repossession then the lawyer fees will be charged to you.
You need proper lawful advice from a lawyer.
I'm not a lawyer, but speaking from experience, time is the only thing that clears your credit history of negative events. Repossessions take almost seven years to come of your record.
Write to the company and ask them ! Even if your case is being handled by a lawyer, your account is still 'live' at the card company.
No, a checking account is not correlated to your credit score. The only reason why you have to give your social security # is to prove that you have no outstanding debt with any other banks. ______________________________________ Actually, there is a correlation. Having a checking account doesn't improve your credit score, but you can be accepted or denied an account based on it. If you have bad credit, or no credit, you may be denied from a variety of bank checking accounts. I was told by my lawyer it does improve your credit if you keep your checking account in good standings he said the bank report it monthly to the crdit bureaus thats just what i was told
The repossession man must obey the laws pertaining to the country in which you live. If you need help or advice, contact an attorney (a lawyer).
Is the doctor going to turn the account over to a collection agency? A collection account would hurt your credit. Is the collection agency going to sell the account to another agency, thus extending the time period it shows on your credit report? If they do, it could hurt your credit for an even longer period of time.
If a landlord lawyer opens your credit file without you saying so all you can do is go to another lawyer and see what they can do. There is not a lot that you can do to a lawyer.