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Steve R. Bucci (debt)

Will judgment disappear from credit?

A judgment will eventually drop off your credit report. But that doesn't mean it's gone. Read more

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How do I un-co-sign a loan?

Dear Debt Adviser, My husband always had beautiful credit, but I'm worried that it's about to drop. He recently co-signed a private loan for my daughter -- his stepdaughter -- that she's now unable to pay. The payment is...Read more

6 ways to scare off lenders

You pay your bills on time and never miss a payment. If you're still having trouble with credit, something on your credit report could be scaring lenders. Everyone knows the big gremlins that haunt credit reports: items such...Read more

10 dumb debt decisions to avoid

Congress may be unfathomable on a good day. But, financial silliness isn't limited to them. We who elect and re-elect the best and brightest from our states are not without our own financial follies. Forget the 2013 Financial...Read more

How medical debt affects credit

Don't use that post-surgery fog as an excuse to ignore medical bills, even if you're still contesting them with your doctor or health insurer. Otherwise, your credit score will need to heal, too. Medical debt is the most...Read more

Debt Adviser

Will judgment disappear from credit?

Dear Debt Adviser, I have a judgment and collections account on my credit report for an old debt. The collections account is scheduled to expire from my report in September. When that happens, will the judgment remain valid?... Read more

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Debt Management Basics

Refinance into home equity loan?

For a niche group of homeowners with plenty of equity, refinancing a first mortgage with a home equity loan could make sense, now that mortgage rates have gone up. It truly is a niche group: homeowners with equity who plan...Read more

10 debt consolidation myths

When Norm Bour was 24, credit was so hard to come by he couldn't get a gas station company credit card without begging. While it's important for you to get a handle on your debt, how you go about it is just as important....Read more

15 signs of serious debt trouble

You know you need to seek help from a credit counselor when ... It may sound like a comedy routine opener, but for lots of people, it's definitely not a laughing matter. Many who are weighed down with debt opt first for self-help,...Read more

Are you a candidate for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal remedy, and as such only an attorney can properly advise you on the process. However, as far as being a candidate for the legal process, that is another question. My experience has been that the decision...Read more

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