Personal Bankruptcy Vancouver - Facts, Alternatives & Options | BC
No one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.
Personal Bankruptcy in Vancouver, BC - 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 Won't Do For You
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 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
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 BC, your trustee will sell your assets for you.
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.
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.
CTV News and Global TV Interviewing Our Clients
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.
BC Bankruptcy Alternatives
You may now be curious as to which bankruptcy alternatives can work for you. The right solution might not just be one option, but a combination of a few different ones. Depending on your situation, 4 options that you likely need more information about are: consolidation loans, debt repayment programs, debt settlement options or a Consumer Proposal.
Consolidation & Debt Repayment Plans
Consolidation means a lot of things, and while most people think that they need a loan to consolidate their bills and debts, that's not always possible. If you've got a good household budget, a loan might work for you. However, if you've been declined for a debt consolidation loan, consolidating only your monthly payments might make more sense.
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.
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.
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 Vancouver 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.
How Do I Decide Which Option to Go For?
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.
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- Daryl, Actual Client Review from Google
Non Profit, Confidential Bankruptcy & Credit Counselling Information & Advice in Vancouver, BC
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 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 Vancouver 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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