Reduce Your Debt And Protect Your Assets With A Consumer Proposal

When debt catches up with you, you might be inclined to panic. You can feel trapped, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by financial constraints. When wage garnishments affect your ability to balance your own budget and collection calls leave you sleepless at night, it’s hard to find a way out. We help clients who don’t know how to move forward with their financial future. One of the most common things we do is file Consumer Proposals in Ontario for our clients, and it might be the right path for you.

Pros and Cons of a Consumer Proposal

As Licensed Insolvency Trustees, at David Sklar & Associates we regularly find that a Consumer Proposal is the better way to help individuals get out of debt. While the pros outweigh the cons, no debt solution is perfect, and you should carefully consider Consumer Proposal pros and cons before talking to a Licensed Insolvency Trustee to file.

The pros of a Consumer Proposal include:

  • Reducing the amount of debt you have to pay back, and giving yourself up to 5 years to pay it back in affordable installments
  • Halting the accumulation of interest on your debt
  • Stable monthly payments that do not change over time, even if your income changes (unlike bankruptcy)
  • Putting a stop to wage garnishments and collection calls from your unsecured creditors
  • As long as you make your payments, you get to keep your assets
  • A smaller impact on your credit score, remaining on your credit history for only 3 years, as compared to the 7 years involved in a bankruptcy

The cons of a Consumer Proposal include:

  • Annulment if you miss 3 months of payments, though you can file for an amendment (before missing payments) if you no longer have the means to keep up
  • Your credit score is still affected
  • Limitation to unsecured debt only, meaning car loans and mortgages are outside of the Consumer Proposal

If you qualify for a Consumer Proposal, the pros outweigh the cons, and it compares favourably to bankruptcy and debt consolidation. Personal bankruptcy involves settling debts but losing non-exempt assets and it remains on your credit history for seven years after. Debt consolidation loans, meanwhile, can leave you paying more interest on a lump sum than you were paying before. The only time debt consolidation loans make sense are when the interest rate is lower than the combined interest of your unsecured debts; for example, if you can get a loan from a bank.

Should You Pay Your Consumer Proposal Off with a Loan?

That’s also the reason you should not try to pay off your Consumer Proposal immediately with the help of a loan. Sometimes our clients ask if it’s a good idea to pay it off right away by taking out a new loan; since your Consumer Proposal comes off your credit history within three years, doesn’t it make sense to pay it off as soon as possible? Most of the time, the answer we tell our clients at David Sklar & Associates is no. That’s because your interest stops accumulating with a Consumer Proposal, whereas any loan will need to be paid back with interest. You save money by staying patient and paying back your Consumer Proposal with time.

Working with us means far more than just filing a Consumer Proposal in Ontario. We can answer all your questions and give you advice about restoring your credit score. We also offer credit counselling at David Sklar & Associates so that you can learn how to avoid falling too far into debt in the future. If you’re in trouble with debt, give us a call.

Take Your First Step Towards A Debt Free Life

If you are overwhelmed by debt and live in the Toronto area, call us at 416-498-9200 to book a FREE, confidential appointment. We will review your financial situation in detail and discuss all of your options with you. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below and our team will reach out to you. 

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I cannot emphasize enough how thankful I am for Jackie Stanley's help with filing for bankruptcy.All of us dread being put in this position and we have a million questions about the process but trust me Jackie makes it so easy for you that you don't have to do anything yourself!She is very kind and friendly and puts you at ease right away. She emphasizes with you and let's you know it's not your fault.Most importantly when you leave that first meeting you will not believe the load that is taken off your shoulders. You can actually feel it!You are a godsend Jackie and I can't thank you enough!!I hope you are highly valued there as much as you are by me!
Sue Murray
18:45 05 Dec 21
Putting together and executing a Consumer Proposal can be daunting, that is unless you work with Cori Naron at David Sklar & Associates Inc. Cori's advice and support has been instrumental over the past five years. Thank you Cori!!
Barry Kuntz
20:37 01 Dec 21
I’m very happy with the services I received for Jackie Stanley who helped me get my finances in order. It was a quick and easy process & all of my questions were answered.
Amanda Frappier
01:18 19 Nov 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie at David Sklar Associate. She was very helpful, very professional and very friendly. She gave me the help I need. Thank you Jackie for your help.
Alex Taylor
22:03 17 Nov 21
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17:02 11 Nov 21
Jackie at Daivid Sklar and Associates is such a pleasure to work with. She explained everything in great detail and is always there when I have a question or concern. She really cares about her clients.
Steve Medica
09:33 10 Nov 21
I filed a proposal with another group, which came in as a referral from one of my brokers. My experience went from ok to bad to worse, due to lack of communication and education on the process I was to embark on. I worked with Cori Naron in the past, and I came to her now for help on literally doing the work that the other group should have done. Cori stepped in, educated me, advised on rights, responsibilities, how the process works and what potential outcomes may happen. I do not have enough words of recognition and gratitude for what she did - she alleviated stress, anxiety, dead-end thoughts and she made me live again. Congrats to DSklar for hiring her and retaining such talent.
Giani Kokolakis
18:45 25 Oct 21
Very professional service. Before contacting David Sklar & Associates i contacted bunch of other firms they seemed fishy. After I spoke with Jason Sklar at Hamilton Office I discovered professionalism with hope. I was explained every step of my situation with solution professionally. Thank you David Sklar & Associates.
Wajay Awan
07:29 12 Oct 21
I met David a few months ago and i am glad I did. He has helped me all the way through my bankruptcy with good advice and explained every step of the process. David is a very down to earth and very professional. Anytime I've had a question I was able to reach out to David by phone or email and he always got back to me. If your struggling with your bills and need a way to get help, I strongly recommend David Sklar &Associates to help you. My experience with them on 1-5scale would be a 5;; My life is so much better now, thanks to David Sklar.
Bruce Locke
16:13 08 Oct 21
I have had the privilege of being supported by Jackie S, at David Sklar n Associate.She was helpful, professional and friendly. I was able to get the help I needed at a difficult time in my life. I would recommend anyone who needs support with working out their debts to ask for Jackie, she will be waiting to assist however she can to help you through your debts. She works with a team who is always ready and responsive.Thank you Jackie and your team:)
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