Generally, the reason people contact us at Hoyes Michalos is to see what their options are for dealing with their debts. They're looking for debt relief so they can get a fresh start. However sometimes what prompts them to make a call is some type of creditor action: a collection call, a wage garnishment or threatened law […]
"Debt consolidation" is often a phrase that people associate and confuse with "debt relief". The belief is that if you consolidate your debt, you’ll be better off. But is that true? There are pros and cons to the different forms of debt consolidation. Whether or not it's right for you depends on your situation. Consolidating […]
We escape the winter, they explore new places, and we support each other's economy. We also partake in cross-border shopping, which racks up our U.S. debt.
A year ago Ontario enacted legislation targeted at reducing consumer abuse by unlicensed debt settlement companies. While this legislation has helped eliminate some of the severe abuses, most agencies have just switched tactics and we fear indebted consumers seeking debt advice are still at risk. Let’s review some key points in Ontario’s debt settlement laws: […]
Now that the Ontario government has restricted debt advisors from charging up-front fees before completing a settlement with creditors, many debt relief companies are switching their business tactics. What they now offer is so called consumer debtor protection services, debt assistance or consumer proposal referral programs. What is consumer debtor protection and what are they […]
I’ve been hearing stories from clients who, before contacting our firm, received a phone call at home offering debt relief and debt management services. The telemarketing pitch goes something like this: “Do you have any credit card debt or bank loans that you want to reduce faster? We offer a government debt relief program that will […]
All forms of debt settlement appear on your credit report in the same way. They are listed as an R7 to show that you have entered into some form of settlement agreement for the debt. This agreement might be a debt settlement plan, a credit counselling plan or a consumer proposal. That means that initially, […]
I am about to climb back on my soapbox. This spring I talked about why everyone seems to be advertising consumer proposals. Some of these companies are very subtle in their approach. They may not mention the word consumer proposal but instead will talk about a Canada government debt relief program. Don't be fooled by this. […]
Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Ministry) asked interested parties to submit their recommendations on potential ways to strengthen consumer protection for those individuals who may use alternative financial services (AFS) such as payday loans and quick cash installment loans, as well as those who may find themselves facing debt collectors. As […]
The Ontario government has enacted new legislation to limit abuses in the debt settlement industry. Today I talk with Ted Michalos about debt settlement, the new legislation and better options to settle your debt.