Personal Bankruptcy Burlington - Facts, Alternatives & Options | Ontario
No one feels good about filing for bankruptcy. Get more information and find out what other options and solutions could work better, before making this important decision.
Bankruptcy in Burlington, 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 Won't Do For You
It's easy for people to tell you that bankruptcy helped them eliminate their debts, but do they also tell you that it's not possible for everyone? Some debts might still have to be paid because by law, they can't be included when you file for 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.
The Bankruptcy Process - Working with Your Trustee to Gain Your Discharge
Filing for bankruptcy is the easy part. Did you know that it takes at least 9 months to complete the whole bankruptcy process? During that time, there are costs and fees to pay to your trustee for bankruptcy. You are also required to attend two bankruptcy counselling sessions. Depending on your situation, if you have to pay extra money to your creditors, completing the process will take longer. If you have too much equity in your home, or assets above what you're allowed to keep in Ontario, your trustee will sell your assets for you.
Many people aren't aware that their trustee, their creditors, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy or the Court could oppose or delay their discharge from bankruptcy. Depending on someone's situation, they may need to attend a hearing, answer questions under oath and/or meet additional requirements to obtain their 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.
Our Clients Interviewed on the News
Occasionally, the news media will speak with one or two of our clients who are comfortable to publicly share what they've experienced. Below you can see a couple of these stories.
Alternatives to Bankruptcy in Ontario
By now you are likely wondering what alternatives to bankruptcy really exist. There are quite a few, and combining them might also be a solution. Depending on your situation, 4 options that might work for you are: consolidation loans, debt repayment programs, debt settlement options or a Consumer Proposal.
Consolidation & Debt Repayment Programs
Consolidation usually means consolidating your bills and everything you owe into a new loan. With a fine-tuned budget, this might work for you. For other people, consolidating only the monthly payments makes more sense. Don't worry if you've been turned down by your bank or credit union. There are other types of debt consolidation that may be available.
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
To help you pay back what you borrowed, consolidation programs and loans can help. Most people don't want to walk away from their debts and go bankrupt, but they think they have to because they don't know what else to do. Surprisingly, sometimes only paying back part of what you owe can also be a solution. When done properly, a debt settlement offers your creditors a lump sum of money. That might not be as far-fetched an option as you might think.
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 Burlington 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?
By now you can likely gather that a lot depends on your situation. And regardless of what you've tried in the past, you need help taking an objective look at your whole financial situation with a fresh set of eyes. You need a trained and certified Credit Counsellor to help you come up with a good plan.
"I am likely going to be out of debt within a year - and that's over a year ahead of the initial estimate! Best part of that is that because the Credit Counselling Society did it as a debt repayment arrangement, unlike bankruptcy, it will be much better on my credit rating - and as proof, when I applied for new cell and cable service in Vancouver, my rating has already improved such that I got new accounts without a limit or deposit!"
- Paul, Actual Client from Yelp
Non Profit, Confidential Bankruptcy & Credit Counselling Information & Advice in Burlington, Ontario
One of our expert Credit Counsellors can help if you need answers to questions about joint debts, have questions about debts left over from a divorce, want to learn more about alternatives to bankruptcy, or want to know more about how going bankrupt would affect you. They are experts in helping people come up with good solutions to deal with their debts, and would be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision to get your finances back on track.
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 Burlington 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
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We specialize in helping people just like you deal with their debts in ways that work best for them. It really is possible to be debt free and look forward to a stable financial future. To learn more or to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Debt Counsellors that serves Burlington, contact us today at 905-538-5035, email us or chat with us online.