No one wants to declare bankruptcy. Find out what other options you have. Get more information before you make such a serious decision.
Bankruptcy in Ontario - Bankruptcy can be the only thing that comes to mind when you realize that you can't afford to pay your debts and bills. It might be a good solution for your debt problems. But, before filing bankruptcy, you need to know more about your options, how the process works and what it could mean for you and your family in the future. We can help you avoid a possible mistake by showing you your other options first.
Types of Debts - What Bankruptcy Can't Do
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Bankruptcy isn't something most people want to talk about with their friends. Yes, bankruptcy gets rid of most of your debts, but did you know that there are some debts you might still have to repay because they can't be included in your bankruptcy?
3 common kinds of debt that are excluded from bankruptcy are:
- Secured debts, like a car loan or mortgage
- Student loans, if they are less than 7 years old
- Child and alimony support payments that aren't up to date
Also, if you recently racked up credit card bills and now want to go bankrupt, creditors may stop you or ask that you pay more, before they let you get rid of the debt through bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Procedures - The Process of Working with Your Trustee to Attain Your Discharge
It's not well known, but it takes at least 9 months to go through all the steps of the bankruptcy process. As part of the process, you make payments to your trustee for the costs and fees of going bankrupt, and you also have to attend two bankruptcy counselling sessions. Completing the process and getting discharged takes longer if you need to pay extra to your creditors because of your situation. If you have assets or too much equity in your home, above what you're allowed to keep in Ontario, your trustee will sell your assets for you.
You should also know that your bankruptcy trustee, your creditors, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy or the Court can oppose or delay your discharge. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to attend a hearing, answer questions under oath and/or meet the additional requirements to obtain your discharge.
Your Credit Rating & Bankruptcy in Canada
Legally eliminating debt through bankruptcy seriously impacts your credit rating and makes it hard to obtain credit later. You need to show creditors why they should trust you enough to lend you money again. Not being able to renew your mortgage, get a loan or apply for a low interest rate credit card often impacts other financial plans and puts your life on hold.
Ontario Bankruptcy Alternatives
By now you may be wondering which alternatives to bankruptcy could work for you. There are a number of options and the best solution might mean combining some of them. Depending on your circumstances, 4 options that you may not have considered are: consolidation loans, debt repayment programs, debt settlement options or a Consumer Proposal.
Consolidation & Debt Repayment Plans
When you hear the words "debt consolidation," you probably think that this means consolidating your bills and other debts into a new loan. This could work for you if you've got a realistic budget. For many people, it makes more sense to consolidate only their monthly payments. Don't worry if you've been turned down for a consolidation loan by your lender. There are other types of debt consolidation to consider.
Consolidating payments doesn't involve borrowing more money, so there's never a problem with bad credit. That's how a debt management program and plan with a non-profit credit counselling organization works. Creditors help by lowering or waiving interest charges while you're making your payments. This lets you pay off your debts and saves you thousands in interest and fees. What you pay each month is based on what you can afford after you've had help to create a realistic budget.
Settling Your Debts
Repayment and consolidation programs or loans help you pay back what you borrowed - which is a good thing because most people really don't want to file for bankruptcy and walk away from their debts. However, sometimes it's possible that only paying back part of a debt may be the best solution. That's where a debt settlement with a reputable company might help. Offering creditors a settlement requires a lump sum of money, but sometimes that's not as far-fetched an option as you might think.
Filing for a Consumer Proposal
Sometimes a legal alternative to bankruptcy might be what you need. A Consumer Proposal could be the right solution depending on your situation. A Consumer Proposal in Ontario is arranged by a trustee, and by making monthly payments, you pay back part of what you owe. Your creditors have the option to agree to the proposal or not.
How Do I Decide Which Option to Go For?
The right solution to your debts depends on your circumstances. When you're busy just trying to get from one pay cheque to the next and avoiding collection calls, you need help to look at your situation with a fresh set of ideas. You need a qualified Debt & Credit Counsellor to help you come up with a good plan.
Non Profit Bankruptcy Information & Credit Counselling Advice in Ontario
Get answers to your questions about joint debts or debts remaining after a divorce, find out why someone should not file for bankruptcy, or learn more about bankruptcy alternatives from one of our Debt & Credit Counsellors! They are experts in helping people find solutions to their debt and money problems, and they'd be happy to give you with the information you need to make choices that will benefit your financial future.
Your Counsellor will:
- Review all of your options to deal with your debts, including bankruptcy alternatives
- Show you how to manage your living costs and bills effectively
- Refer you to a bankruptcy trustee in Ontario if filing for bankruptcy is a good option for you
- Answer your questions and explain what you need to know so that you can decide the best way to deal with your debts
Free Credit Counselling Appointments & Consultations for Ontario,
We are experts in helping individuals and families just like you find good solutions to their debt problems. It really is possible to get back on track and look forward to being debt free. To find out more or to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of our Credit Counsellors who serves Ontario, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.
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