Bankruptcy Alternatives in BurnabyExplore all your options, and get your finances back on track.Personal Bankruptcy Burnaby - Facts, Alternatives & Options | BCNo one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.Bankruptcy in Burnaby, BC - 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 Can't DoBankruptcy 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 mortgageStudent loans, if they are less than 7 years oldChild and alimony support payments that aren't up to dateAlso, 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 DischargeThose who have gone bankrupt might not tell you that it takes a minimum of 9 months to complete the bankruptcy process. There are costs and fees to go bankrupt, which you pay to your trustee, as well as bankruptcy counselling sessions you must attend. Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to pay extra to your creditors, which delays completing the process and obtaining your discharge. Not everyone loses their home and assets when they file for bankruptcy, but assets above what you're allowed to keep in BC will be sold by your trustee.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 CanadaLegally eliminating debt through bankruptcy seriously impacts your credit rating and makes it hard to obtain credit later. You need to show creditors why they should trust you enough to lend you money again. Not being able to renew your mortgage, get a loan or apply for a low interest rate credit card often impacts other financial plans and puts your life on hold. People We Helped Interviewed by the News MediaOn occasion, the news media will talk to one or two of the people we helped who are comfortable sharing their story with the public. Below are three of these stories.Global TV interviews Julia Fletcher after she eliminates her debt with zero interest & avoids bankruptcy with help from the Credit Counselling Society. See Story NowCTV 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 StoryGlobal TV sits down with Charis who has almost paid off $67,000 worth of debt on 13 credit cards with the assistance of the Credit Counselling Society. WatchSee even more of the Credit Counselling Society on the news. BC Bankruptcy AlternativesBy 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 ProgramsWhen 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.Debt SettlementRepayment 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.Filing for a Consumer ProposalSometimes 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 Burnaby 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?As you can tell, a lot depends on your situation. When you're just trying to make ends meet and duck the collection phone calls, you need help looking at your circumstances objectively. You need a professionally trained Credit & Debt 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 Burnaby, BCGet 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:Review all of your options to deal with your debts, including bankruptcy alternativesShow you how to manage your living costs and bills effectivelyRefer you to a bankruptcy trustee in Burnaby if filing for bankruptcy is a good option for youAnswer your questions and explain what you need to know so that you can decide the best way to deal with your debts Burnaby OfficeCentral Park Business Centre300 - 3665 KingswayVancouver, BC V5R 5W2Phone: 604-527-8999 Our Burnaby office also provides bankruptcy alternative options in New Westminster, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, and East Vancouver. Free Credit Counselling Appointments for Burnaby, BCWe 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 Burnaby, contact us today at 604-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.Putting Your Interests FirstOur goal is to always put consumers first and look out for their best interests in everything we do. One way we do this is through transparency and accountability. We are held accountable to the most rigorous standards in our industry.Related Articles of InterestMore Information About Bankruptcy in CanadaCommon Bankruptcy MythsWill Bankruptcy Solve My Debt Problems?Related LinksThe Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy in BCInsolvency GlossaryCredit Counselling Society BC office locations The Credit Counselling Society also offers assistance to people who need help with their payday loans in Burnaby (even online ones).