Dealing with debt can be overwhelming and stressful, and finding the right solution can be a challenge. One option for managing debt without filing for a bankruptcy is a consumer proposal. In this blog, we’ll explore the pros and cons of consumer proposals, and help you determine whether it’s the right choice for you. If you’re considering a consumer proposal, remember that it’s important to get professional help from a licensed debt professional. CreditLift offers exclusive representation to debtors who need help with their finances.
What is a Consumer Proposal?
A consumer proposal is a legal process that allows you to negotiate with your creditors to pay back a portion of your debt over a set period of time. In Canada, consumer proposals are administered by a licensed insolvency trustee but you have a right to receive exclusive representation for what’s in your best interest and this is where CreditLift’s role comes in perfectly to fully represent your rights and financial position. Once you file a consumer proposal, your creditors will be prevented from pursuing legal action against you, and you’ll be able to work towards paying off your debts.
Pros of Consumer Proposals
One of the biggest benefits of a consumer proposal is that it allows you to reduce your debt. By negotiating with your creditors, you may be able to reduce your debt by up to 70% or more.
Protection from Creditors
When you file a consumer proposal, you’ll be protected from legal action by your creditors. This means that they won’t be able to garnish your wages or seize your assets.
Flexible Payment Plans
Consumer proposals allow for flexible payment plans, which can be tailored to your individual needs and financial situation. This can make it easier to manage your debts and stay on track with your payments.
You can begin the process of rebuilding credit while you’re in a proposal. You do not have to wait to be discharged to start rebuilding credit
Cons of Consumer Proposals
Negative Impact on Credit Score
Filing a consumer proposal will have a negative impact on your credit score, which can make it more difficult to obtain credit in the near future. However, it is not permanent and credit is rebuildable. The impact is generally less severe than filing for bankruptcy.
There are fees associated with filing a consumer proposal even if it’s built into your repayment plan you still need to be aware that this is not a free process. If anyone says otherwise, they are not being honest and truthful and you need to get a second opinion elsewhere
To be eligible for a consumer proposal, you must have a steady source of income. If you don’t have a regular income, you may not be able to qualify for this option.
Is a Consumer Proposal Right for You?
Consumer proposals can be a good option for those who are struggling with debt and are looking for a way to reduce their overall debt load. However, it’s important to consider all of the pros and cons before making a decision. If you’re considering a consumer proposal, it’s important to get professional help. CreditLift can provide you with exclusive representation and fully support you in your financial restoration process and guide you on your journey towards financial freedom.
Learn more about Consumer Proposals on the Canadian Government’s website.