Personal Bankruptcy Chatham-Kent - Facts, Options & Alternatives | Ontario
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Bankruptcy in Chatham-Kent, 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 types of debt that aren't included in a bankruptcy are:
- Secured debts, like a mortgage or car loan
- Student loans that are less than 7 years old
- Child and alimony support payments that you're behind on
Many people think that they need to declare bankruptcy because of their credit card debt, but if that debt is recent, creditors may not allow you to eliminate those balances with bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Procedures - The Process of Working with Your Trustee to Attain 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.
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.
Alternatives to Bankruptcy in Ontario
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
There are also times where you need a legal alternative to bankruptcy, so a Consumer Proposal might be right. It is set up by a trustee, and once agreed to by your creditors, you make monthly payments to repay part of what you owe.
How Do I Decide Which Option to Go For?
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.
Non Profit Bankruptcy Information & Credit Counselling Advice in Chatham-Kent, 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 effect 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:
- 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 Chatham-Kent 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, Confidential Credit Counselling Appointments for Chatham-Kent, 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 Chatham-Kent, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.
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