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It can seem like your debt has taken over your life. The good news is, there are solutions. However, not all solutions are created equal. Knowing the options available to you could make all the difference on the final outcome.

The team at Bromwich & Smith in Grande Prairie can provide you with the answers you need. We will use our over 40 years of agency experience to examine your current financial situation, and provide you with the best options to take control of your finances.
Depending on your debt situation, credit counselling, budgeting, and/or a consolidation loan may be what you need. In other cases, the legal protection provided by a consumer proposal or a bankruptcy will be the best solution.

Did you know, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee could be your best option to avoid bankruptcy.


Consulting with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee scares some people, due to the sometimes misunderstood conception that dealing with a trustee will always lead to bankruptcy. However, what many people don't realize is that a trustee can offer options that aren't available to other debt management professionals. One such option is the consumer proposal. The proposal is the only debt solution besides bankruptcy that can stop creditor actions and force a settlement on all creditors, even if not all agree. A proposal is legally binding on all parties, so any arrangement negotiated between you, your trustee and your creditors will remain in force, as long as you continue to live up to your end of the arrangement.

Consumer Proposal - Here's How It Works 

Bromwich & Smith will conduct a detailed, no cost analysis of your current financial situation with you, determining how much you owe, to who, and any sources of income.
We will then determine what you can afford to pay back to your creditors.
We negotiate with your creditors for you, offering a settlement which is usually based on repayment of only a percentage of original amount owed.
Based on the settlement, you will make one monthly payment spread over a period of up to 5 years. There are no interest charges, and once accepted, all creditors are bound by the settlement agreement. 
All creditor legal actions are immediately stopped.
Your assets are not touched by a proposal.
No Fee Payments from you. Our fees are taken out of creditor's settlement amount. 

When you deal with the professionals at Bromwich & Smith, you are dealing with a team that is licensed by both the provincial and federal governments as Consumer Proposal Administrators and Licensed Insolvency Trustees. This gives us the authority as an Agent of the Court to present options to your creditors that will legally bind them into the conditions of a settlement and immediately stop all creditor actions.

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In Grande Prairie and across Alberta, we have helped thousands of people solve their debt problems. We can help you too.

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What is a Consumer Proposal?

Consumer Proposals were created as an alternative to personal bankruptcy and can be a “win-win” situation for both you and your creditors. A consumer proposal can significantly reduce your debt and will immediately stop all creditor legal actions against you.

Based on your specific financial situation, a Bromwich & Smith trustee will negotiate with your creditors for you, offering a payment plan based on an amount that you can afford and not what creditors are demanding. Amount of settlement is usually only a percentage of what you originally owed. A Consumer Proposal is legally binding and once agreed upon, your settlement amount can't be increased...your creditors can't come back looking for more.

Creditors “win” with consumer proposals since they will receive more money then they would in a bankruptcy, and consumers win since they can keep all their assets, and can pay back their debt at a rate they can afford and not what creditors were demanding, interest free.

 

Your eligibity for a Consumer Proposal will depend on your particular financial picture. To discuss your options and eligibility, give one of our Credit Counsellors at Bromwich & Smith a call today.

Stop ALL Creditor Actions

As soon as a Consumer Proposal is filed, all actions against you will stop. This means collection calls will immediately stop, as will wage garnishees and all other creditor legal actions.

Make One Affordable Monthly Payment

When under the protection of a consumer proposal, all of your debts are included in one monthly payment. This payment amount is negotiated between your Bromwich & Smith Trustee and your creditors, and is set at an amount that you can afford, usually only a percentage of what was originally owed.

No Interest Charges

All interest charges stop.  There is no interest added to your proposal amount, for the entire duration of the proposal. Every cent you pay goes towards paying your debt and not interest!

Keep Your Assets. Keep Your Home.

A consumer proposal does not include assets in which creditors have leins, such as car loans. Mortgages are also not included. However, you may be able to make arrangements to continue with the payments so that the asset can be retained. If an individual has a mortgage on their residence, they can continue making the mortgage payments.

No Fee Payments From You!

Our fees are based on a tariff set by the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and the fees are deducted from the payments made by you, before any funds are issued to your creditors. There is no additional cost to you above and beyond the monthly payment in the proposal.


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If you’re struggling with debt, here are the top five reasons a consumer proposal might be your best option for getting out of debt:

1)     A consumer proposal lets you keep your possessions. One of the biggest benefits of a consumer proposal over a bankruptcy is that unlike a bankruptcy, a consumer proposal allows you to keep your belongings. Because you are making payments towards your debt, there is no need to seize your things to help repay your debts.

2)     It offers protection from creditors. A consumer proposal and a bankruptcy are the only two ways to legally be protected from your creditors. When you file a consumer proposal, by law your creditors are no longer allowed to contact you or attempt to get money from you. This includes phone calls, wage garnishment, and any other collection attempts.

3)     Interest no longer accumulates. Interest is one of the reasons it’s so difficult to get out of debt. When you borrow money, whether through a loan or on credit, you repay it with interest. This can be up to 30% of the balance! As a result, a large portion of your monthly payment goes towards interest, which makes it difficult to pay down balances. When you file a consumer proposal, interest no longer accumulates on the settled amount. All the payments you make go directly towards the principal.

4)     It consolidates your payments. A consumer proposal makes it so you don’t have make multiple payments to each of your creditors each month. Instead, you make one payment you can afford to your administrator. He or she then distributes this money among your creditors.

5)     Potential for less damage to your credit score. It’s true that a consumer proposal affects your credit score. It will show up on your credit report for three years from the date of your last payment. Consumer proposals do not last any longer than five years. However, you can pay off your consumer proposal earlier, lessening the amount of time it remains on your credit. For example, let’s say you proposed to pay $300 a month for 4 years. After a year, you get a raise and are able to pay off your settled amount an entire year earlier. In this case, the consumer proposal will only be on your report a total of six years. With a bankruptcy, it stays on your report for a full seven years after your bankruptcy is discharged.

When you are in debt, bankruptcy doesn’t have to be your only option. The benefits of a consumer proposal make it a good option for people who want to get out of debt without filing bankruptcy. If you’d like to find out if a consumer proposal is right for you, contact Bromwich & Smith today.
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