Most negatives, except BK, will fall off after 7 years. However, if this is a recurring obligation, like a mortgage, each missed payment is a separate negative. If this is an installment note which is not yet due, you may continue to see negatives for a very long time.
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Your questions is somewhat complicated. The short answer is that updating the status date can affect how long the account will be reported on your credit report. This kind of action is called "re-aging" and it can adversely impact your credit score, and it is usually done in error and can be corrected by disputing it with the credit bureaus.
However, in your case, you should consult with an attorney in your area regarding your potential financial liability for the underlying debt. If you owe it and you begin disputing it, this could trigger collection efforts against you.
I hope this helps!
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