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Personal Bankruptcy Hamilton - Facts, Alternatives & Options | Ontario

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

Bankruptcy in Hamilton, 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

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

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.

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

Bankruptcy is one of the worst things you can do to your credit rating. There is no easy way to obtain credit after you have legally eliminated your debts through bankruptcy. It takes time and patience before creditors trust you enough to lend you money again. Not being able to take out a loan, renew your mortgage or apply for a low interest rate credit card can impact your financial plans and put your life on hold.

Our Clients Interviewed on the News

From time to time, the news media interviews some of our clients who are comfortable sharing their story publicly. Below are two of our clients who were interviewed about their experience with the Credit Counselling Society.

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.

Julia Fletcher is interviewed by Global TV after avoiding bankruptcy by paying off her debt with no interest with help from the Credit Counselling Society. Watch News Story

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

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 Programs

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

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 Hamilton 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?

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.

There's Life Beyond Debt for Everyone

"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 Bankruptcy Information & Credit Counselling Advice in Hamilton, 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:

  • Explain all of your options to deal with your debts, including alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Show you how to effectively manage all of your bills and living expenses
  • Refer you to a bankruptcy trustee in Hamilton if it looks like bankruptcy is your best option
  • Answer your questions and give you the guidance you need to know what to do about your debts

 

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Suite 906 - 20 Hughson Street S
Hamilton, ON L8N 2A1

Phone: 905-538-5035

Our Hamilton office also provides bankruptcy alternative options in Brantford, Burlington, Stoney Creek, Dundas, Ancaster, Ohsweken, Binbrook, Caledonia, Winona, Grimsby, Smithville, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Guelph.

Free, Confidential Credit Counselling Appointments for Hamilton, 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 Hamilton, contact us today at 905-538-5035, email us or chat with us online.

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