Thunder Bay Bankruptcy Info & AlternativesGet all your options, and get back on track.Personal Bankruptcy Thunder Bay - Facts, Alternatives & Options | OntarioNo one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.Bankruptcy in Thunder Bay, Ontario - 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 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 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. 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 Ontario, 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.Your Credit Report & 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. CTV News and Global TV Interviewing People We HelpedFrom time to time, the news media interviews some of those we helped who are comfortable sharing their story publicly. Below are three of these experiences with the Credit Counselling Society.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 StoryCharis is interviewed by Global TV after nearly paying off $67,000 on 13 credit cards. The Credit Counselling Society helped her. WatchYou can see more of the Credit Counselling Society in the news. Alternatives to Bankruptcy in OntarioBy 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 SettlementConsolidation 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 ProposalIf you need a legal alternative to filing for bankruptcy, your situation might mean that you need a Consumer Proposal. A Consumer Proposal in Thunder 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?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 Thunder Bay, OntarioGet 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 Thunder Bay 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 Free Credit Counselling Appointments & Consultations for Thunder Bay, OntarioWe 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 Thunder Bay, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, 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 OntarioInsolvency GlossaryCredit Counselling Society Ontario office locations The Credit Counselling Society also offers assistance to people who need help with their payday loans in Thunder Bay (even online ones).