Bankruptcy Alternatives in CranbrookGet all your options, and get back on track.Personal Bankruptcy Cranbrook - Facts, Alternatives & Options | BCNo one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.Personal Bankruptcy in Cranbrook, BC - When you can't afford to pay your bills and debts what comes to mind first? Many people think of filing for bankruptcy. While bankruptcy might be the right solution for you, you first need to find out about your other options, the ins and outs of the process, and how it will affect you and your family in the future. We want to help you avoid making a huge mistake by giving you information to make an informed decision. Types of Debts - What Bankruptcy Can't DoThere's a lot that people don't tell you about bankruptcy. Sure, it will get rid of most of your debts, but there are some debts you might still have to pay 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. Bankruptcy Procedures - The Process of Working with Your Trustee to Attain Your DischargeIt'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.Credit Ratings & Bankruptcy in CanadaBankruptcy 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. 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.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 StoryCTV 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 StoryCharis is interviewed by Global TV after nearly paying off $67,000 on 13 credit cards. The Credit Counselling Society helped her. WatchSee even more of the Credit Counselling Society in the local and national news. Alternatives to Bankruptcy in BCBy 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.If you happen to have bad credit, you might be worried about consolidating your debts, but consolidating payments doesn't mean borrowing more money, so credit problems aren't an issue. That's how a debt management program with a non-profit credit counselling agency works. Your creditors help you by lowering or waiving interest charges. This makes smaller payments possible, saves you thousands in interest and lets you pay back what you borrowed. Your monthly payments are based on what you can afford and there's no loan to get you deeper into debt.Settle DebtConsolidation programs and loans help you repay what you borrowed. Most people really do want to pay back what they owe and not walk away from their debts by declaring bankruptcy. However, only paying back part of what you owe might be the best solution. That's where a debt settlement, when structured properly, can help. You need a lump sum of money to offer your creditors a settlement, but sometimes that's not as far-fetched an option as you might think.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 Cranbrook 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.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 Bankruptcy Information & Credit Counselling Advice in Cranbrook, 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:Explain all of your options to deal with your debts, including alternatives to bankruptcyShow you how to effectively manage all of your bills and living expensesRefer you to a bankruptcy trustee in Cranbrook if it looks like bankruptcy is your best optionAnswer your questions and give you the guidance you need to know what to do about your debts Free Credit Counselling Appointments & Consultations for Cranbrook, 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 Cranbrook, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.Related Articles of InterestMore Information About Canadian BankruptcyCanadian Bankruptcy Myths & FactsWill Bankruptcy Fix 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 Cranbrook (even online ones).