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How does a paid judgment affect your credit score?

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2006-01-10 21:28:56
2006-01-10 21:28:56

Legal entries, like judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies and foreclosure cause significant deductions to an individuals credit score. These entries are a gigantic indicator of risk. Risk is what credit scores are all about. Try to think of the situation in an objective manner. If you were thinking about lending to someone and found out that another creditor had to sue them to recover money; do you think you'd reconsider before making the loan or possibly charge more interest to offset the perceived increase in risk? As far as credit is concerned, with any legal entry, being paid is simply a footnote. What needs to take place is for the proper DISPOSITION to be recorded. In the case of a judgment, the disposition is either a "Satisfaction of Judgment" or an "Order to Vacate Judgment" (dismissal). Call the courthouse where the judgment was recorded and ask the procedure (which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction) for obtaining the disposition appropriate for your case. More than likely, you will have to show proof of payment. After you obtain the disposition, be sure to take the additional step of having the new document recorded. There is usually a small fee for this, but it's well worth it. Recording this document will (hopefully) ensure that the disposition ends up on your credit report to "tie up" the legal entry in a nice bow. It's also a good idea to forward a copy directly to any credit bureau reporting the judgment, just in case. If you have a judgment and it is being paid on a monthly basis with all parties in agreement, how does this affect your credit?

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Each case is different. One of my clients had a very small judgment ($100)against and her score shot up 100 points when she paid it off.

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Strangely enough, yes it does negatively but temporarily affect ones credit score.

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Usually until the judgment is paid.

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Yes, for the better. Any loan that is paid on time or paid off is a plus.

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows that a judgment [paid or unpaid] be reported for seven years from the date the judment was entered, depending on your state of residence.

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Once you have paid the credit card balance off it will affect your score the following month. This is because the credit agencies only update your credit once a month. So the month following the payment would reflect the new balance of $0 and the score would be raised at that time.

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No. It will show that you had a judgment on your credit report for up to seven years, but it will show a zero balance.

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You will need to prove that you have made an arrangement to pay the judgement or proof that it has been paid.

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Paying the judgment will help, but you will have to wait 7 years for the judgment to fall off your credit. Once the judgment is paid, it will show other landlords that you will fulfill your obligations, regardless of the stain on your credit.

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A paid judgment stays on a person's credit report for seven years. An unpaid judgment also stays on the report for seven years, but may be renewed. Tax liens are another item that stay on a credit report for seven years, if paid. If not paid, they remain on the credit report indefinitely.

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Seven years or until the SOL pertaining to the judgment expires. Many states have domestic judgment SOL's that are 10 or 20 years, and many judgments are renewable. The older the judgment becomes, the less affect it has on the credit score. It will may cause other problems, for example, if the consumer wants to buy or refinance a home and in some cases, a vehicle(s), the lender may require the judgment be paid before approving any loan.

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As long as the judgment is marked as paid, you should not suffer any ill effects from having it on your credit. It is always a good idea to have a copy of the paid letter from the court in your files, so it would be easily accessed if requested.

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It negatively affects both the primary and the authorized user credit score and report.

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A judgment will remain on your credit report until it is paid. If you have paid it, take the receipt into the court that issued the judgment and get it marked paid. It may take awhile for the credit reporting agencies to make the change, but you can send each a copy of the paid receipt and a letter which may help shorten the time. Meanwhile, keep a copy of that receipt.

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Absolutely!!! Your credit score would go down and interest might be charged. Would be more of a lose for you. Its better to close it with a paid balance!

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If the judgment has been paid, the credit bureaus (such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) should reflect this in their credit reports. However, until the legislatively mandated time limits have expired, it will likely not be removed from the report.

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The judgment creditor must be paid in full according to the terms of the judgment order. Most judgments are renewable and can remain on a credit report indefinitely until paid.

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A debt settlement offer has no bearing on your credit rating or score. It is only an offer, a proposal. Your credit rating is based on how you have paid the debt in the past 7-10 years. Your credit score is a numerical picture of your assessed risk as a borrower, based on the information in your file at the time the score is requested.

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It is importance to pay off a debt regardless of the type of debt that you owe, but your credit score will not increase nor decrease when you make a payment. Time and consistent monthly payments to your debts will increase your score.

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If it was not paid in full or settled, the judgment may have been renewed by the judgment holder. Most judgments are renewable and can be kept on a credit report for an undetermined amount of time.

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That is not true. It does affect your credit score, but after 12 months, the amount of impact begins to decline. How much of a decline is based on ALL the factors which impact credit scores.


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