Consumer Proposals British Columbia

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The Consumer Proposal

A consumer proposal is a formal arrangement between an individual (the debtor) and their creditors to settle outstanding debt obligations. This is a court approved agreement where one’s creditors have accepted the debtor’s offer as complete satisfaction of their debts. Once the process has started, lenders are unable to commence or continue any legal actions.

In most cases, a consumer proposal is a payment of a dollar value over time to be divided equally to one’s creditors. For example, the debtor may agree to pay $300 for 5 years as full satisfaction of their debts. The amount required differs depending on the debtor’s financial situation, but usually 20-40% of the total debt load is paid in order to fulfill the obligations of the agreement.

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NOTE: All parties have to agree to the terms of the Proposal, and as such the amount of repayment that is accepted by creditors can vary widely.

Benefits of a Consumer Proposal

  • Unlike a Declaration of Bankruptcy, a consumer proposal allows you to retain your assets for your own use and enjoyment.
  • Once the creditors have agreed to the proposal, they are unable to ask for more money. This puts an end to collection calls and demands for payment and paves the way for you to rebuild your financial future.
  • Your credit bureau rating will not be as adversely affected as in a bankruptcy scenario. In fact, it is possible to obtain a secured credit card or secured car loan during the course of the proposal process.
  • The procedure is significantly less complicated than a bankruptcy. Under a proposal, there are no monthly reporting requirements, whereas those who elect to file for bankruptcy are required to make monthly reports to their Licensed Insolvency Trustee in order to comply with their obligations and obtain a discharge.
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The first step in the process is to review your finances with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee who will assess your situation and discuss all of your alternatives. Should it be determined that a consumer proposal is the best solution for you, the necessary paperwork will be prepared and filed, and any legal action will be immediately stopped. 

Your initial consultation is key to making the best choices for you and the appropriate actions are taken on your behalf.

Any individual who is bankrupt or insolvent and whose debts, excluding a mortgage on the debtor’s principal residence, are not more than $250,000 is eligible to make a consumer proposal.

Timing depends on a number of factors. The lengthiest part of the process is gathering the relevant information and arranging an independent evaluation as to the value of a home or property, if required. Once the application has been completed a Licensed Insolvency Trustee can prepare and file the documents immediately.

Lawyers or debt management companies are not eligible to file consumer proposals. Only a Licensed Insolvency Trustee can file a consumer proposal.

There are a number of different scenarios that may happen within the consumer proposal process. However, if the majority of creditors represented by dollar value vote in favour of the proposal, all unsecured creditors are legally bound by the process. If a creditor doesn’t vote they are legally bound by the creditors that do vote.

Upon completion of the payment terms of the consumer proposal you will receive a court order titled Certificate of Full Performance of Proposal, discharging the debtor from those debts included within the proposal. Certain debts are not eligible to be discharged from bankruptcy or a proposal. A Licensed Insolvency Trustee can help you with this.

The Licensed Insolvency Trustee’s fees are governed by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. All funds/payments under your consumer proposal are deposited into a trust account.  From that trust account the trustee may withdraw its fees and costs. The remaining funds are paid out to the creditors.

If your debt is greater than $250,000, you can still offer a proposal to your creditors. There are solutions available to address your individual situation. Please contact our office to discuss your options in greater detail.

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Let us negotiate a payment plan for you though the filing of a consumer proposal. You don’t have to file for bankruptcy. Pay your creditors on a modified payment schedule with no further interest.

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