Nothing affects your credit score as a bankruptcy. People who have been through bankruptcy procedure will vouch that rebuilding credit can take a lot of time. One of the ways you can improve your credit score is by asking a family member or a friend to add you as an authorized user on their credit card. This will be beneficial for a fresh out of bankruptcy person. However, it is a point of concern for the individual who adds a bankrupt person to their credit card. Many people have their doubts about having a bankrupt person as an authorized user on their credit card. Can this action affect their credit scores negatively too?
As per lawyers of Dallas based bankruptcy law firm Recovery Law Group, adding any person as an authorized user to your account will not affect your credit report. Their bankruptcy is in no way related to your credit history. Credit history of both; the authorized user and the card owner are separate and includes accounts and public records mentioned in their respective names. Both, the bankruptcy public records and the previous credit history of authorized user will not be merged with your credit history. However, this account might be added to the authorized user’s credit report as they have become associated with this debt too.
Adding someone as an authorized user to your credit card is a risky decision. Since you are the primary cardholder, any charges made by the authorized user are your responsibility too; especially if the authorized user fails to make payment for them. In case, you are unable to make payments on time due to additional charges, this will end up affecting your credit scores. Before agreeing to become a good Samaritan to help a friend or family member out, it is important to know the possible issues you might have to face. Consulting with expert bankruptcy lawyers at 888-297-6023 can give you numerous options.