To make the life more comfortable people purchase lots of things from clothing to cars and homes that can be very expensive. Thus, when the financial situation of an individual does not correspond to the purchasing desires, he/she has to use credit.
Banks make it quite easy to obtain credit. But the system of credits is complicated enough and most people today are not really taught how to manage their money. So, one day you may find yourself in a bad situation with your credit. You can start improving the credit score yourself: ordering your credit report, checking its accuracy, keeping any credit card balances low…and a few more things you can do. It goes without saying it will cost you much time, skills and effort.
There exists another saving way. There is a great number of organizations, agencies, bureaus that assist in guiding individuals through this complex process. When you seek help at such organizations remember that definite laws protect your interest.
There are two acts, the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) that has been recently revised into the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act), and the FDCPA (Fair Debts Collections Practices Act). These two acts were set up to protect your credit rights. They hold your creditors and credit bureaus responsible. That means every claim against your credit they have to back up and prove.
No credit repair organization may charge or receive money or other valuable consideration for the performance of any service, which the credit repair organization has agreed to perform for any consumer before such service is fully performed.
Due to these acts everyone can get a copy of their credit report for free at your request, once every 12 months.
You also have a right to dispute inaccurate information in your credit report by contacting the credit bureau directly. You may notify in writing that you dispute the accuracy of the information in your credit file. In such a case the credit bureau must reinvestigate and modify or remove inaccurate or incomplete information (usually within 30 days). What else you can do is to cancel your contract with any repair organization for any reason within 3 business days from the date you’ve signed it.
Whenever you use credit you just always need to be cautious and disciplined. You also should be well informed – means what you can do for free, the payment terms for services (including their total cost), a detailed description of the services to be performed, how long it will take to achieve the results, any guarantees the organization offers, the company’s name and business address.Den Braun is an expert in finance. The author is a business writer specializing in finance and credit products and has written authoritative articles on the finance industry. Den Braun writes about Debt settlement & debt negotiation and other related topics on the debt-settlement website. To learn more about debt and finances in general, visit http://www.debt-settlement.ws