Statement Of Financial Affairs

The Comprehensive Guide to the Statement of Financial Affairs

In the realm of financial management and insolvency, the Statement of Financial Affairs plays a pivotal role. It might sound intimidating initially, but essentially, it’s a well-devised budget. Let’s delve into what it is, its significance, who gets access to it, and what data you need to provide to create it with minimal stress.

Decoding the Statement of Financial Affairs

The Statement of Financial Affairs is a comprehensive document that lists your assets, liabilities, income, and expenditures. This data is vital to your trustee to determine several aspects:

  1. Your financial status
  2. Whether you need to make surplus income payments
  3. Which assets will be seized and liquidated
  4. Which assets are exempted
  5. Which creditors are included in your bankruptcy
  6. What fees and charges you will incur

Once the budgetary worksheet is filled out, your licensed insolvency trustee will inquire about your family life, job, and recent spending habits. This information will be organized and presented in a document that you are required to sign, known as the Statement of Affairs. It’s crucial to read and comprehend the Statement of Affairs before signing it.

You can view the “Form 79–A Statement of Financial Affairs” on the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy’s website.

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Information You Need to Bring

Providing accurate information for the Statement of Affairs is crucial. It not only shields you from potential queries from creditors about your financial management but also ensures you stay on course for an automatic discharge. Here’s a list of documents you need to bring to the meeting with your trustee:

  • T-4 forms
  • Tax returns
  • Estimated tax refund
  • Life insurance policies with a cash value
  • Securities statements
  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills
  • Mortgage loan statements
  • Debt statements
  • Auto loan statements
  • Deeds and titles
  • Retirement savings statements
  • Student loan information
  • List of personal possessions such as furniture, jewelry, and clothing

The Distribution List of the Statement of Affairs

The Statement of Affairs contains sensitive personal information. Knowing who will have access to it might help ease any apprehension. Your licensed insolvency trustee will keep a copy of your Statement of Affairs. They will also send a signed copy, along with other documents, to the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.

Your creditors will also receive a copy of your Statement of Affairs at the beginning of the process. This ensures they are fully informed and can participate in the creditors’ meeting.

The Statement of Affairs is necessary to advance your bankruptcy process. Collaborating closely with your trustee will simplify the preparation of this document for both you and your Licensed Insolvency Trustee.

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