Are you considering filing for personal bankruptcy? While the word “bankruptcy” carries a certain amount of severity in the media and in common conversation, this method of debt relief might be the right avenue for you to get back on track with your finances. As a resident of Canada, you’re eligible for bankruptcy if you’re over 18 years of age, owe more than $1,000, and have explored all other options of debt repayment.
Before you make any decisions about how to proceed with your debt, you should speak with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (formerly known as a bankruptcy trustee) at David Sklar and Associates to weigh your options. Only a bankruptcy trustee can file for bankruptcy for you, so it only makes sense to go through the consideration phase with an empathetic and knowledgeable trustee.
Bounce Back from Bankruptcy
The reality about bankruptcy is that your credit score will take a serious hit after you file. Anyone who has gone through the process will tell you that the changes to your credit score, as well as asset control, is what you need to know before filing for bankruptcy in order to ensure you make a sound decision. Your trustee will consult with you about the benefits and drawbacks of the process so the impact doesn’t come as a shock.
You just have to accept the drawbacks of the bankruptcy process, but know that a damaged credit score can be repaired. With commitment and planning, you can start to rebuild your credit score and develop healthy financial habits along the way.
If you’re not sure how a bankruptcy trustee can help you, consider their counselling and advice. Your trustee will help you through every step of the formal bankruptcy process, but they’re also skilled at giving financial advice to help you recover from the process.
Learn to Budget
Life after bankruptcy usually means you will be paying higher interest rates with your early loans. With budgeting and a focus on establishing good credit, these changes to your financial profile won’t matter as much to you. If you’re not used to budgeting, there’s no better time to start than the present. Especially for individuals who don’t have a clear sense of where their money goes, start out with a three-month observation period.
Track your expenses for three months to see how much you spend and where. After three months, review your spending and be realistic about what is a necessity, what is a luxury, what is urgent, and what requires long-term planning. By doing this you can set boundaries with your spending and establish a healthy plan for where your money needs to go over the next few years.
Start a Relationship with Cash
How much of your daily spending is done with credit cards or debit? After bankruptcy, your mindset about money changes and you will be motivated to only spend what you need and save as much as you can. It’s important to re-establish credit so don’t shy away from responsible credit use. Using cash where you can, however, helps you visualize your spending and keep you from overspending.