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Dear justanswer participants, I filed a chapter 7 in 2012

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Dear justanswer participants,
I filed a chapter 7 in 2012 and routinely listed debtors but failed to include an credit line account that I open because there was a zero balance and didn't think it was necessary to include in the reporting to the court. I recently used the credit line for about $700 of a credit allowance of $3200. I have been paying it without delay, but recently when I signed into the Capitol One (HRS) account, I was instructed to set up a new account with Synchrony Bank. I successfully set the online account but was alerted that the account could not be managed online. I called Synchrony and was told that the account was reported as a bankruptcy and that the account was now closed and they were not asking for repayment on the balance. I thought that by having this credit line open and reporting as paid on time that it would help me to rebuild and repair my credit, however slowly the process occurs. I was told that I could make payments on a voluntary basis but that they would still report the account as unpaid, delinquent or otherwise? I was told that they can only communicate the details with my bankruptcy attorney, which was dismissed by the court at my request because of failure to provide the court with proper reporting. I hired a court surrogate to help me file paperwork and acted pro-se for the final determination which took place without incident. My question is whether I should pursue making voluntary payments in an effort to re-establish my credit standing or will it make a difference coming 3 years after the bankruptcy? Thank you for any advise you can provide. Bill
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 year ago.


Was your bankruptcy case finally discharged, or was it dismissed?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

If your bankruptcy was discharged, then you are free of your obligation to repay the subject debt. The creditor could theoretically report your account as paid in full, if you were to actually do so, but it has no obligation to make any further reports, because the debt is discharged and uncollectible.

The reality of credit reporting is that the smallest defect in performance (e.g., one late payment) will have a dramatic effect on your credit score (typically a 100+ point drop). A bankruptcy will have an even more dramatic effect. The only actions that will restore your credit score to normal is the expiration of the reporting period, which for an individual debt is seven years from the date of the first late payment, and/or 10 years from the date of filing of the bankruptcy case (15 U.S.C. Section 1681c(a)(1)-(2)).

Consequently, I see no advantage, whatsoever, in voluntarily paying off the debt, because the credit scoring algorithms do not take such voluntary (albeit laudable) conduct into consideration.

I hope I've answered your question. Please let me know if you require further clarification. And, please provide a positive feedback rating for my answer -- otherwise, I receive nothing for my efforts in your behalf.

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Expert:  socrateaser replied 1 year ago.

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