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Bankruptcy in Massachusetts and the New Credit Score – FICO 10T

Do you want a perfect 850 FICO score?  Well only 1% of folks have  it and it just got more complicated to reach that goal.  The new scoring may divide the high scorers from the bottom folks more than ever.  Note that currently only about 20% of Americans have a credit score above 800.  The biggest change is how your payment history trends to create a “smoothing effect” over time.    The effect may be that auto lenders may approve of more applicants.  Once in effect, this will help folks who have filed for bankruptcy protection and work hard to build up their credit.

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Personal Bankruptcy in the Time of Coronavirus

It is not clear what the long-term ramifications are following the historic coronavirus pandemic.  What is an unfortunate consequence is that many folks in Massachusetts may need to consider filing for personal bankruptcy.

Attorney Neil Burns recalls that when the federal bankruptcy laws changed in 2005 there was a dramatic increase in Chapter 7 filings.  When the Crash of 2008 happened, Attorney Burns and his firm filed all too many bankruptcies for families in the months and years thereafter.  In each wave of bankruptcies, the “fresh start” law was proven helpful.

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