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Personal Bankruptcy Gatineau – Facts, Alternatives & Options | Quebec

No one wants to file for bankruptcy. Find other options and get more information before taking such a drastic step.

Bankruptcy in Gatineau, Quebec – 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 Do For You

There’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 types of debt that aren’t included in a bankruptcy are:

  • Secured debts, like a mortgage or car loan
  • Student loans that are less than 7 years old
  • Child and alimony support payments that you’re behind on

Many people think that they need to declare bankruptcy because of their credit card debt, but if that debt is recent, creditors may not allow you to eliminate those balances with bankruptcy.

The Bankruptcy Process – Working with Your Trustee to Obtain Your Discharge

It’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 Quebec, 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 Canada

Legally 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.

Canadians We Helped Interviewed on the News

From time to time, the news media interviews some of our clients who are comfortable sharing their story publicly. Below are three of our clients who were interviewed about their experience with the Credit Counselling Society.

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 Story
CTV story shows how Dan Robinson pays off $30,000 in debt with zero interest after getting help from the Credit Counselling Society. CTV – Help to Pay Down Debt
Charis speaks with Global TV after consolidating with us and nearly paying off $67,000 on 13 credit cards. Watch the Story

Alternatives to Bankruptcy in Quebec

By 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.

Debt Consolidation & Debt Repayment Plans

Consolidation 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 Debt

Consolidation 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.

Filing for a Consumer Proposal

There are also times where you need a legal alternative to bankruptcy, so a Consumer Proposal might be right. A Consumer Proposal in Gatineau is set up by a trustee, and once agreed to by your creditors, you make monthly payments to repay part of what you owe.

What’s My Best Option?

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 a Way Out of Debt Without Bankruptcy

“I’m so grateful for the help of The Credit Counselling Society. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I got myself in debt way more than I could handle. And it’s nice to know that I’m paying off my debt with their help rather than claiming bankruptcy. Thank you so much everybody that spoke with me at the credit counselling.”

– Tammy, Actual Client Review from Facebook

Non Profit Bankruptcy & Credit Counselling Information & Advice in Gatineau, Quebec

Get 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 alternatives
  • Show you how to manage your living costs and bills effectively
  • Refer you to a bankruptcy trustee in Gatineau if filing for bankruptcy is a good option for you
  • Answer your questions and explain what you need to know so that you can decide the best way to deal with your debts
Our credit counselling office in Ottawa, Ontario where we help people with their debt and provide debt counselling services.

Office Serving Gatineau

514 – 130 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4

Phone: 613-234-0505

Free Credit Counselling Appointments for Gatineau, Quebec

We 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 Gatineau, Quebec, contact us today at 1-888-527-8999, email us or chat with us online.

Putting Your Interests First

Our 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.

Accredited member of Credit Counselling Canada.
Accredited Charity by the Better Business Bureau.
Winner of Best Workplaces in Canada award by Great Place to Work.
Affiliate of the NFCC, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

The Credit Counselling Society also offers assistance to people who need help with their payday loans in Gatineau (even online ones).