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Personal Bankruptcy Grande Prairie - Facts, Alternatives & Options | Alberta

No one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.

Bankruptcy in Grande Prairie, Alberta - 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 Won't Do

There's a lot that people don't tell you about bankruptcy. Sure, it will get rid of most of your debts, but there are some debts you might still have to pay 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

Those who have gone bankrupt might not tell you that it takes a minimum of 9 months to complete the bankruptcy process. There are costs and fees to go bankrupt, which you pay to your trustee, as well as bankruptcy counselling sessions you must attend. Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to pay extra to your creditors, which delays completing the process and obtaining your discharge. Not everyone loses their home and assets when they file for bankruptcy, but assets above what you're allowed to keep in Alberta will be sold by your trustee.

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.

Credit Ratings & Bankruptcy in Canada

Bankruptcy is noted on your credit report and seriously impacts your credit rating. Despite what people say, getting credit after you have eliminated your debts legally through bankruptcy is not easy. It takes patience and time to prove yourself to creditors again. Until they trust you enough to lend you money again, your financial plans might be on hold because you won't be able to take out a loan, renew your mortgage or apply for a low interest rate credit card.

CTV News and Global TV Interviewing Our Clients

On occasion, the news media will talk to one or two of our clients who are comfortable sharing their story with the public. Below you can see two of these stories.

Global TV News Story - A woman avoids filing for and declaring bankruptcy with help from the Credit Counselling Society. CCS provides the same bankruptcy alternative services across Canada.

Global News interviews Julia Fletcher after she avoided bankruptcy and eliminated her debt with help from the Credit Counselling Society. Watch News Clip

CTV Help to Pay Down Debt - Delcaring bankruptcy may be the only option available for some. However, Dan paid off his credit cards with the same debt solutions that are available across Canada.

CTV News reveals how Dan Robinson paid off $30,000 in debt with no interest with the help of the Credit Counselling Society. Watch the News Story

Alternatives to Bankruptcy in Alberta

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.

Debt Settlement

Consolidation programs and loans help you repay what you borrowed. Most people really do want to pay back what they owe and not walk away from their debts by declaring bankruptcy. However, only paying back part of what you owe might be the best solution. That's where a debt settlement, when structured properly, can help. You need a lump sum of money to offer your creditors a settlement, but sometimes that's not as far-fetched an option as you might think.

Filing 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 Grande Prairie 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.

What's My Best Option?

As you can tell, a lot depends on your situation. When you're just trying to make ends meet and duck the collection phone calls, you need help looking at your circumstances objectively. You need a professionally trained Credit & Debt Counsellor to help you come up with a good plan.

There's Hope Without Declaring Bankruptcy

"Whatever your financial worries, trepidation or fear of being judged/forced into bankruptcy - get CCS to help. Their staff is incredible, couldn't have dealt with a better group of people. They are truly dedicated to finding practical solutions, advocating for your financial future. First they provide hope, then they help and finish by delivering happiness."

 

- Daryl, Actual Client Review from Google

Non Profit Bankruptcy Information & Credit Counselling Advice in Grande Prairie, Alberta

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:

  • Explain all of your bankruptcy alternatives and debt relief options
  • Show you how to budget effectively for all of your household expenses
  • Recommend bankruptcy trustees in Grande Prairie if it looks like declaring bankruptcy is the right option
  • Provide answers and information so that you can choose the best way of dealing with your debts

Free Credit Counselling Appointments & Consultations for Grande Prairie, Alberta

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 Grande Prairie, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.

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The Credit Counselling Society also provides help to those who are struggling with payday loans - including online loans - in Grande Prairie.