We are often asked “Who will know about my bankruptcy?”. Only your creditors must be notified of your bankruptcy. It is not necessary for your employer or clients to know about your bankruptcy unless you owe them money as creditors. Though your bankruptcy, as well as your ultimate discharge, are public records and are in all Credit Bureau records for up to seven years, notices are not published in newspapers.
More Questions Answered In Greater Detail
What factors determine if bankruptcy is the best solution for me?
There are a number of circumstances that determine when bankruptcy is not the best solution. If your income is sufficient to manage your debt over a given period of time you may be able to renegotiate an arrangement with your creditors…Read more
How does bankruptcy affect my wages?
Wage assignments and garnishments are stopped once bankruptcy is declared. The Trustee reviews the amount of your wages and your living expenses through monthly budgets for the nine months period of your bankruptcy. Your income is then compared to guidelines…Read more
Will it affect my spouse?
No. Only assets owned by the bankrupt are included in the bankruptcy. If assets are jointly owned with a spouse, then the bankrupt’s portion may have to be sold and distributed to the creditors. It is important to make the Trustee aware of joint assets so that…Read more
What happens with respect to my taxes?
The Trustee prepares two tax returns in the year of bankruptcy. A pre-bankruptcy income tax return must be filed for the period from January 1 to the date of bankruptcy. A post-bankruptcy income tax return must be filed for the period from the date of bankruptcy to December 31…Read more
If I go bankrupt, will I need a lawyer?
Generally, you do not require a lawyer to go bankrupt. If you feel the need for legal advice and cannot afford a lawyer, legal aid is available….Read more
Will I ever be able to get credit again?
If you have credit cards in collection, you already have a poor credit rating. Your ability to obtain and use credit after discharge depends on the amount of down payment, ability to have credit and recent payments to secured creditors and those who report to the credit bureaus…Read more
What is a Trustee?
A Licensed Insolvency Trustee is an individual who is designated by the Superintendent of Bankruptcy to administer the bankruptcy or consumer proposal process and provide counseling within the requirements of this process. A Trustee acts on behalf of both the bankrupt and in the interests of the…Read more
Are student loans discharged in bankruptcy?
In a general sense student loan debts are treated exactly the same as all other unsecured debts, in that they are stayed from taking collection action during a bankruptcy, will receive their share of any distribution and have the same rights as other creditors…Read more