With over 60 years of experience, Crowe MacKay & Company is committed to providing honest advice - meaning we tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear.
Our team of Licensed Insolvency Trustees understands how overwhelming it is to deal with debt and is committed to working with you to regain your financial freedom. We know that money matters are personal, so we take the time to get to know our clients to understand each unique circumstance.
When working with our team, you can be certain about the care you will receive – no judgments, just personalized debt solutions to help you [re]build your financial future.
How do you know if you need financial help?
What’s the best way to deal with debt? There is no one size fits all, but when you work with a Crowe MacKay & Company Licensed Insolvency Trustees, be confident knowing you will receive a customized solution to manage your debt. Below we’ve listed standard options for repairing your debt.
Increase your income: To increase your household’s income, you could consider getting a second job, or a non-working family member could seek employment. Before proceeding, you should factor in any additional related expenses such as childcare, transportation and attire before proceeding down this route. This solution may work in less complex situations where you are not dealing with a significant amount of debt.
Budgeting: By creating a budget, you track the money “coming in” and “going out” of your household each month, including rent, food and other needs. This tool allows you to identify imbalances in your finances and where you can reduce your spending.
Loan consolidation: Bundle all of your debt ( i.e. credit cards, loans) to create one simple and convenient monthly payment. If you can do this, you should refrain from using your credit cards and live on a cash-only basis until the consolidation loan has been paid in its entirety - this will stop you from taking on more debt. This option is not for everyone, as many people in financial difficulty cannot get a consolidation loan through conventional sources. If you can qualify for a loan, it is essential to shop around for the best interest rates and repayment terms.
Consumer proposals: This is a legally binding process governed by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act that a Licensed Insolvency Trustee can only administer. The proposal is flexible and tailored to your financial situation, typically giving a percentage of what you owed to creditors, paid over an extended period. The maximum term for a proposal is five years.
Ordinary proposals: Similar to a consumer proposal, but applies to those with debt over $250,000.
Filing for bankruptcy: Bankruptcy is an option when you cannot pay creditors. When a LIT files for bankruptcy, you are protected from those you owe money to, but it requires you to sign over most of your assets to clear up unsecured debt quickly.
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