If you are drowning in debt and having trouble making even the minimum payment on any of your cards – or worse, not making them - it might be time to admit that you have a debt problem. Ignoring this problem will only end up making things worse, and so avoidance should never be an option. For many in this position the best solution is bankruptcy – but how does one know who to turn to when this is the case – who can you trust? It is very important when making this type of financial decision to understand the role of a bankruptcy trustee and the part they play in your financial future.
What is a bankruptcy trustee? Bankruptcy is a legal process and must be handled by a licensed professional, a bankruptcy trustee. This is the individual who will administer your bankruptcy or consumer proposal and manage your assets held in trust. This individual can also provide advice and assistance to make sure both your rights and your creditor’s rights are protected. They are an objective party – their role is to remain impartial throughout the process, acting in both parties’ best interests.
A bankruptcy trustee has several jobs. The first main job is to repay your creditors – this is done by selling your assets. This includes negotiations with your creditors as far as settlements. A bankruptcy trustee may also provide debt counselling or put you in contact with an insolvency lawyer if deemed necessary. During your bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee is the person who monitors your activities and ultimately decides when you can be discharged. For example, if your financial situation changes and your income now leaves room for surplus income, a bankruptcy trustee may determine that a longer term may be necessary before discharge.
Can you trust a bankruptcy trustee? The short answer is yes – they are licensed and regulated by the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, their actions monitored and any questionable behaviour is addressed. Their goal should ultimately be to help get you out of the financial pickle you are in – and most adhere to this. All of this being said, it is sometimes best to visit a professional debt solutions company first – that way you can be sure that all avenues have been examined before entering into bankruptcy, and if the end conclusion is to file, they can put you in touch with one that is trusted and respected.
For more information about bankruptcy and the role of a bankruptcy trustee, please contact DebtCare Canada today at 1-888-890-0888 or visit www.debtcare.ca.