Overwhelming debt creates enormous stress in a household. Collection agencies may be continually harassing you by repeatedly calling your home and place of work. You may be using one credit card to pay the minimum of another card. Perhaps payday loans are just getting you deeper in debt. Where do you turn? You may be considering asking a family member for a loan. Before [...]
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Using credit is an easy temptation if you’re short of cash. For many consumers, credit is readily available in the form of a credit card, making it too easy to overspend. If you are not physically handing over cash, it seems as if you’re not spending real money. Credit cards do offer flexibility and convenience and can help you manage your money, if you [...]
It seems like a quick, easy fix. You’ve found yourself short of cash until your next paycheque, so why not get a payday loan to carry you over? These loans provide short-term funds or payday advances in small amounts. Typically, this type of loan is $1,500 or less for a maximum term of 62 days. Money is advanced in exchange for a post-dated cheque [...]
It can be embarrassing to hear from your employer that your wages have been garnisheed. Nobody wants their employer to know their personal business, especially if you are having financial problems. A wage garnishment could also have a devastating effect on your current household budget, making it more difficult to make ends meet. A garnishment order means that one of your creditors has taken [...]
Your debt has become unmanageable; you can’t sleep at night; and your stress levels are at an all time high. You’re desperate to reduce those balances. Your main concern is that you own your home and there is equity in it. If your credit rating is still good – a viable option may be to refinance your home to reduce your debt. However, if [...]
When applying for any type of credit, the lender will request a copy of your credit bureau report. This gives them a picture of how you pay your outstanding debts. The two major credit reporting agencies in Canada are Equifax Canada and Trans Union of Canada. Both these agencies obtain their information directly from the institutions that you owe. As you can probably guess, [...]
We often get asked – what happens to my spouse if I file for bankruptcy? Marital status and debt are two separate issues. However, one can have an impact on the other. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, your spouse or common-law partner is not responsible for your debt unless the debt is registered in both names, or they guaranteed/co-signed your debt. By [...]
This is a common question with a relatively simple answer. If you have been out of school for more than seven years, then the student loan debt will be discharged in your bankruptcy. As an illustration; if you graduated from school in June 2006, then a bankruptcy filed after July 2013 will discharge the student loan debt. During those seven years, if you returned [...]
Filing for bankruptcy is not a life sentence –you will have your financial life back once the bankruptcy is discharged if you develop a new strategy for dealing with debt. The decision to file can be difficult and emotional since you are likely feeling embarrassed and disappointed in yourself. However, there may be a number of contributing factors such as job loss, divorce, or [...]
I’m sure you’ve heard the radio ads – how a government approved debt settlement company can settle and/or reduce your debts. This is very powerful messaging if you happen to hit on some hard times. But when something sounds too good to be true, it’s usually not what it claims to be. For some time now these companies have convinced consumers with ambitious plans, [...]