A Consumer Proposal Can Help You Get Ahead of Your Debt

Navigating Your Debt: How A Consumer Proposal Can Set You on the Path to Financial Freedom

In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, managing your finances can be a daunting task. When debts start to pile up, it can feel like you’re sinking in quicksand. But there’s a life vest available to you – a consumer proposal. This legal debt relief option could be your ticket to getting back on solid financial ground. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore how a consumer proposal can help you get ahead of your debt.

1. Understanding Consumer Proposals

A consumer proposal is a legally binding agreement between you and your creditors. Administered by a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, it involves negotiating a reduction in your unsecured debt. If the proposal is accepted, you’ll be left with a single, manageable monthly payment.

The cost of filing a consumer proposal is incorporated into your monthly payments, meaning no upfront payment is required. This makes it a viable option for those struggling with overwhelming debt.

 

2. Benefits of Consumer Proposals

Using a consumer proposal to manage your debt has several advantages:

 

You get to retain your assets, such as your home and car.

Monthly payments are reduced, making them more affordable.

A halt is put on interest accumulation and collection calls from creditors.

You are released from most unsecured debts, with few exceptions.

 

3. The Process of Filing a Consumer Proposal

The process of filing a consumer proposal involves several steps:

 

Meeting with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee:

An insolvency practitioner will review your financial situation and suggest suitable debt relief solutions. If a consumer proposal is deemed the best option, they will request necessary documentation to prepare and file your consumer proposal.

Filing the Consumer Proposal:

Once filed, creditors are barred from pursuing most collection and legal actions against you, offering immediate protection. Creditors have 45-60 days to accept, reject, or counter your proposal.

Making Monthly Payments:

Typically, payments are made over 60 months, though they can be paid off sooner without penalty. Payments are made to the Licensed Insolvency Trustee, who distributes the funds to your unsecured creditors.

Attending Financial & Credit Counselling:

Two counselling sessions are required by the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act. These offer you financial guidance and support throughout the process.

Obtaining the Certificate Of Full Performance:

Once all payments have been made and the counselling sessions completed, you are officially released from your unsecured debts.

 

 

4. Eligibility for a Consumer Proposal

To qualify for a consumer proposal, you must be ‘insolvent’ as defined by the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act. This means that you owe more than $1,000 and are unable to meet your debt obligations as they become due.

 

5. Types of Debts Included in a Consumer Proposal

A consumer proposal covers most unsecured debts. These include:

 

 

6. Debts Not Covered by a Consumer Proposal

However, there are certain debts that cannot be included in a consumer proposal:

 

  • Fines & Penalties imposed by a court;
  • Child Support Arrears;
  • Property Taxes;
  • Debts owing to secured creditors, in most cases.

 

7. Consumer Proposal Services

Trustees offering consumer proposal services are experienced in insolvency and understand the personal impacts of financial stress. They ensure you are treated fairly and with dignity throughout the process.

 

8. Making Payments Under a Consumer Proposal

Once your consumer proposal is accepted, you will start making payments to your Licensed Insolvency Trustee. These can be made as one monthly payment or broken down into bi-weekly or weekly payments.

 

9. Financial and Credit Counselling

During the term of your proposal, you will attend two financial and credit counselling sessions. These are typically 30-45 minutes long and are individualized to your situation.

 

10. Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about consumer proposals:

Is a consumer proposal a good idea?

Yes, a consumer proposal can be a good idea for those struggling with major financial difficulties. It allows you to avoid bankruptcy, retain your assets, and have a lesser impact on your credit rating compared to bankruptcy.

Do most consumer proposals get accepted?

Consumer proposals are rarely rejected. In case of rejection, you have the opportunity to offer your creditors more money.

How much does it cost to do a consumer proposal?

There is no upfront cost to file a consumer proposal. Fees are regulated by the Federal Government and are paid out of the money you offer to your creditors.

Dealing with debt can be overwhelming, but remember, you’re not alone. A consumer proposal can offer you the financial lifeline you need to get ahead of your debt and start anew. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help – your path to financial freedom could be just a consultation away.

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