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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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