You Need a PLAN

Posted in Debt Help
Posted by J. Douglas Hoyes, CA, CPA, LIT, CIRP, CBV

you-need-a-planThe economy is getting worse. I just met with a car salesman who told me that he is selling fewer cars this year than last. Factory workers are telling me there is no more overtime, and many are now on reduced shifts or layoffs. I even met with a collection agent this week who is in financial trouble because the economy is so bad he can’t even collect on delinquent accounts! What does this mean?

It means you need a plan.

If you have any debt, the worsening economy may mean that your income will be reduced, and it will be harder for you to repay your debt in the future. Ask yourself this question: what will you do if you lose your job tomorrow, or if your hours get cut back? What will you do if the price of gas keeps increasing, and you have less money to make your debt payments?

You need a plan to deal with your debts.

If you still have a job, and if your wages are not yet being garnisheed, you have more options. You may be able to get a second job to increase your income, or you may be able to start cutting expenses to free up cash to pay your debts. You may still qualify for a debt consolidation loan to reduce the interest rate you are paying on your high interest credit card debt. You may be able to file a debt management plan through a not-for-profit credit counsellor who will negotiate a repayment plan with your creditors.

What if the bank won’t give you a debt consolidation loan, or you can’t afford a debt management plan?

Then you should consider a consumer proposal.

Give us a call at 1-866-747-0660 and one of our professionals will ask you some simple questions, such as how much money you owe, what you own, and what you take home each month.

If you could afford to repay some of your debt, a consumer proposal may be the solution for you. For example, if you have $50,000 in credit card and other debts, we could file a consumer proposal where you pay $400 per month for 50 months, or $20,000 in total. You get an affordable repayment plan, with no interest, and your creditors are happy because at least they get some of their money.

If you cannot afford a consumer proposal, the final option is declaring bankruptcy. At Hoyes, Michalos & Associates we consider personal bankruptcy to be a last resort, if all of the other options won’t work for you. However, bankruptcy exists to give you a fresh start, so if that’s what you need, we would be happy to walk you through the process. So what do you need?

You need a plan.

No option is right for everyone, but one of the options discussed above is right for you. You don’t need to suffer through the endless telephone calls and threatening letters. It is possible to get a fresh start, but your fresh start only starts when you make a plan to deal with your debts. Here’s how we can help:

There is help available, but you need to make a plan to get started.