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Personal Bankruptcy Pickering - Facts, Options & Alternatives | 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.

Personal Bankruptcy in Pickering, Ontario - Bankruptcy might be the first thing you think of when you realize that you can't keep up with your bills and debts. It might even be the right debt solution for you. But, before declaring bankruptcy, you need to know your options, how the process works and how it will affect you and your family in the years to come. Let us help you avoid a mistake by explaining all of your options first.

Types of Debts - What Bankruptcy Can't Do

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 types of debt that you can't declare bankruptcy on:

  • Secured debts, like mortgages or car loans
  • Student loans that are less than 7 years old
  • Child and alimony support payments that are in arrears

Some people also want to declare bankruptcy because of their credit card debt. However, if they only recently got into debt with their credit cards, creditors may oppose eliminating the debts with bankruptcy.

The Bankruptcy Process - Working with Your Trustee to Gain 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 be aware that your trustee, your creditors, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy or the Court can oppose or delay your bankruptcy discharge. Depending on your situation, 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.

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 story shows how Dan Robinson pays off $30,000 in debt with zero interest after getting help from the Credit Counselling Society. CTV - Help to Pay Down Debt

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.

When you consolidate payments, you don't actually borrow more money, so bad credit is never a problem. That's how a debt management program with a non-profit credit counselling organization works. Your creditors will help you by lowering or waiving ongoing interest charges. This saves you thousands of dollars in interest and lets you repay your debts. The amount you pay each month is based on your budget and on what you can afford.

Debt Settlement

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.

Consumer Proposal

If you need a legal alternative to filing for bankruptcy, your situation might mean that you need a Consumer Proposal. A Consumer Proposal in Pickering is set up by a trustee, and once agreed to by your creditors, you make monthly payments to repay part of what you owe.

Which Option is Best?

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, Confidential Bankruptcy & Credit Counselling Information & Advice in Pickering, Ontario

If you want to find out why someone shouldn't declare bankruptcy, get answers to your questions about joint debts or debts left over from a divorce, or learn more about alternatives to bankruptcy, one of our Credit & Debt Counsellors can help! They are experts in helping people with their debts and money, and they'd be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about 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 Pickering 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

 

Office Serving Pickering
Suite 200 - 100 Consilium Place
Scarborough, ON M1H 3E3

Phone: 647-776-0485

Our office that serves Pickering also offers bankruptcy alternatives in Scarborough, Toronto, Malvern, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge, and Durham Region.

Free Credit Counselling Appointments for Pickering, Ontario

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 Pickering, contact us today at 647-776-0485, email us or chat with us online.

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The Credit Counselling Society also offers assistance to people who need help with their payday loans in Pickering (even online ones).