The role of a Licensed Insolvency Trustee in Mississauga is critical in helping consumers who choose to go through the process of filing for bankruptcy to solve their overwhelming debt problems. Not only do they play a very big part in helping to minimize confusion, but they are present from beginning to end to make sure that every step of the process gets done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Licensed Insolvency Trustees (LITs) are the only professionals licensed by the Federal Government of Canada to provide debtor information and advice to individuals and businesses with debt problems to help them make informed choices to deal with their financial difficulties. In addition, they are the only ones permitted by law to provide and perform debt restructuring services under the Bankruptcy & insolvency Act (BIA).

Licensed Insolvency Trustees were previously called bankruptcy trustees, or trustees in bankruptcy. The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada has recently changed their designation from bankruptcy trustee to Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT) in order to clearly differentiate them from debt consultants who are not licensed by the federal government to provide debt services.

The new designation is important to help eliminate any confusion or doubt among consumers about the legitimacy of LIT’s to provide government programs to eliminate debt. When dealing with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, consumers are protected in three ways:

The Canadian government regulates the insolvency profession and ensures that Trustees are efficient and effective in complying with the insolvency process.

The Code of Ethics for Trustees establishes a standard for services that they are required to provide to a business or individual who has filed for bankruptcy.

The laws regulating the insolvency process makes sure that both the debtor’s rights and the creditor’s rights are respected.

In Mississauga, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee can provide a wide range of debt management solutions, including consumer proposals and bankruptcies. Insolvency Trustees are the most highly trained and educated debt experts that you can talk to. In most cases, trustees have obtained a university degree and most of them hold an accounting designation. For licensing, all trustees are required to complete a three-year bankruptcy and law course, pass a comprehensive oral examination, and undergo background investigation by the federal and national police force of Canada (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Only trustees who are licensed by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) can hold the designation of Licensed Insolvency Trustees.

Their role as debt professionals include the following:

  • Provide free initial consultation to review your financial situation
  • Explain to you in detail all your debt relief options, not just bankruptcy
  • Recommend the best debt management solution that is best to your situation, which may or may not include any type of insolvency solution provided by the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Act
  • Administer consumer proposals and bankruptcies and manage assets held in trust
  • Gather all vital information to file the necessary documents and start insolvency proceedings
  • Notify your creditors, accept and review all claims and administer the rules of the process
  • Apply for your discharge or completion certificate once you’ve completed all your duties
  • Ensure that everyone complies with their duties and responsibilities under the law.

If you are deep in debt and are getting harassed by non-stop collection calls and wage garnishments, consulting with a trustee is the most risk-free and inexpensive option you can take towards the right direction. A Licensed Insolvency Trustee in Mississauga can help you determine which debt relief option is best for you and your family so you can be on the road towards a debt free life.