Bankruptcy Alternatives in Oak BayExplore all your options, and get your finances back on track.Personal Bankruptcy Oak Bay - Facts, Alternatives & Options | BCNo one feels good about filing for bankruptcy. Get more information and find out what other options and solutions could work better, before making this important decision.Bankruptcy in Oak Bay, 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 Won't DoIt's easy for people to tell you that bankruptcy helped them eliminate their debts, but do they also tell you that it's not possible for everyone? Some debts might still have to be paid because by law, they can't be included when you file for bankruptcy.3 types of debt that you can't declare bankruptcy on:Secured debts, like mortgages or car loansStudent loans that are less than 7 years oldChild and alimony support payments that are in arrearsSome people also want to declare bankruptcy because of their credit card debt. However, if they only recently got into debt with their credit cards, creditors may oppose eliminating the debts with bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Process - Working with Your Trustee to Gain Your DischargeFiling for bankruptcy is the easy part. Did you know that it takes at least 9 months to complete the whole bankruptcy process? During that time, there are costs and fees to pay to your trustee for bankruptcy. You are also required to attend two bankruptcy counselling sessions. Depending on your situation, if you have to pay extra money to your creditors, completing the process will take longer. If you have too much equity in your home, or assets above what you're allowed to keep in BC, your trustee will sell your assets for you.You should also be aware that your trustee, your creditors, the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy or the Court can oppose or delay your bankruptcy discharge. Depending on your situation, you may need to attend a hearing, answer questions under oath and\/or meet the additional requirements to obtain your discharge.Your Credit Report & 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. Canadians We Helped Interviewed on the NewsAt times, the news media will interview one 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 speaks with Charis who has nearly paid off $67,000 in debt on 13 credit cards with help from the Credit Counselling Society. WatchSee even more of the Credit Counselling Society in the local and national news. Alternatives to Bankruptcy in BCBy now you are likely wondering what alternatives to bankruptcy really exist. There are quite a few, and combining them might also be a solution. Depending on your situation, 4 options that might work for you are: consolidation loans, debt repayment programs, debt settlement options or a Consumer Proposal.Consolidation & Debt Repayment ProgramsConsolidation usually means consolidating your bills and everything you owe into a new loan. With a fine-tuned budget, this might work for you. For other people, consolidating only the monthly payments makes more sense. Don't worry if you've been turned down by your bank or credit union. There are other types of debt consolidation that may be available.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.Settle DebtTo help you pay back what you borrowed, consolidation programs and loans can help. Most people don't want to walk away from their debts and go bankrupt, but they think they have to because they don't know what else to do. Surprisingly, sometimes only paying back part of what you owe can also be a solution. When done properly, a debt settlement offers your creditors a lump sum of money. That might not be as far-fetched an option as you might think.Consumer ProposalIf you need a legal alternative to filing for bankruptcy, your situation might mean that you need a Consumer Proposal. A Consumer Proposal in Oak Bay is set up by a trustee, and once agreed to by your creditors, you make monthly payments to repay part of what you owe.Which Option is Best?By now you can likely gather that a lot depends on your situation. And regardless of what you've tried in the past, you need help taking an objective look at your whole financial situation with a fresh set of eyes. You need a trained and certified 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, Confidential Bankruptcy & Credit Counselling Information & Advice in Oak Bay, BCIf you want to find out why someone shouldn't declare bankruptcy, get answers to your questions about joint debts or debts left over from a divorce, or learn more about alternatives to bankruptcy, one of our Credit & Debt Counsellors can help! They are experts in helping people with their debts and money, and they'd be happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about 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 Oak Bay 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 Office Serving Oak BayCook Medical BuildingSuite 214 - 1175 Cook StreetVictoria, BC V8V 4A1Phone: 250-382-9559 Free Credit Counselling Appointments for Oak Bay, BCWe specialize in helping people just like you deal with their debts in ways that work best for them. It really is possible to be debt free and look forward to a stable financial future. To learn more or to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Debt Counsellors that serves Oak Bay, contact us today at 250-382-9559, 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 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 provides help to those who are struggling with payday loans - including online loans - in Oak Bay.