Posts tagged debt relief
The New Debtor Prison

These tactics can leave a person feeling afraid to answer their own phone and for some it can cause undue stress and anxiety which can negatively affect their everyday life and ability to function at work.

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Guaranteed, Co-Signed and Joint Loans

Generally, the co-signor is usually jointly and severally liable for 100% of the debt.  This means that, if there is a default, the lender will pursue the primary debtor and the co-signer at the same time and will be happy to collect their entire debt out of whomever they can recover from first.

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Advantages of Filing a Consumer Proposal vs. a Bankruptcy
Tackling Your Finances Head On

Hiding from the reality of your financial situation will do nothing to improve it. People have a pre-disposition to hide from the truth, particularly when the truth is ugly. Unfortunately, we see this every day.

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Understanding Consumer Proposals

A consumer proposal is a settlement arrangement with your unsecured creditors to pay a portion of your debt in monthly payment over a period of up to 5 years.  These payments are the full and final settlement of your debts with these creditors.

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How Are Secured Debts Treated In Personal Bankruptcy or a Consumer Proposal?

When an individual files personal bankruptcy or a consumer proposal these loans are not always impacted and the assets can usually be kept as long as the loan payments are current and continue to be made in accordance with the credit agreement.

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Can I Declare Bankruptcy If I Live Outside of The Country?

Generally speaking, under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act, if you reside outside of the country you can still declare bankruptcy as long as you meet certain criteria. If you are a previous Canadian resident and are have debt issues you should contact Powell Associates Ltd. to determine if you meet the criteria to file personal bankruptcy or a consumer proposal in Canada.

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Using RRSPs to Pay Down Debt

If you are unable to keep up with your debt payments you should consult a Licensed Insolvency Trustee to discuss your options before cashing-in any of your investments.   Your investment savings may be exempt from seizure so you may be able to keep them if you file for personal bankruptcy or settle your debts through a consumer proposal.

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Banking Fees – Are You Paying Too Much?

Your bank account service fee plan should reflect your needs and monthly usage otherwise you may be paying more than you should. If you find that your bank account is always in overdraft could be an indication that you are headed for financial trouble.  Consider reaching out to a licensed professional to receive a financial assessment to review your debt restructuring options.

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