Some Basic Facts About Bankruptcy
Personal Bankruptcy – 38,637
Consumer Proposal – 14,657
Personal Bankruptcy – 48,729
Consumer Proposal – 20,765
In 2009 the number of insolvencies in Ontario increased by 30.4% over those in 2008.
Stats are from Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada.
Bankruptcy is a legal process, in which a bankruptcy trustee will be appointed to you
Before considering bankruptcy you should make sure you are aware of all the different options available to you bankruptcy should be considered your last resort.
Another option you might want to consider is a debt consolidation loan or debt settlement service. This will allow you to merge all of your monthly debts into one manageable monthly payment.
You may also want to consider a consumer proposal. This is an alternative to filing for bankruptcy in Ontario. A trustee will arrange for you to make monthly payments that you can afford in order for you to deal with your debts, and hopefully avoid bankruptcy.
When you file for bankruptcy in Ontario you are able to keep certain things which are referred to as exempt assets. Please read our article entitled Assets You Keep in Bankruptcy for more information.
In order to be discharged from a bankruptcy in Ontario you must also attend two credit counselling sessions. You will discuss budgeting and ways to rebuild your credit once you are discharged from your bankruptcy.
Once you are in bankruptcy you are required to make monthly payments to your trustee. This amount is based on your monthly income. This process will be explained to you by your trustee and if you have any questions about the calculation your trustee will be able to answer them.
Financial problems do not happen over night nor do they get remedied that fast, so please remember the earlier you take action the earlier you will be able to start fresh and start to rebuild your credit once again.
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