Author - Chantal Gingras

August 2017

Rising interest rates

Will rising interest rates lead to more bankruptcies?

The policy interest rate increase posted by the Bank of Canada generated a lot of talk last month. Unsurprising, since it was the first increase in nearly seven years. For a few days, it seemed everyone was holding their breath! Are Canadians in a strong enough position to absorb this increase? Will rising interest rates push people to declare bankruptcy? (more…)

July 2017

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Can power of attorney help you manage your parents’ debts?

When a person struggles to manage their finances, someone else may obtain power of attorney to assist them or to manage their finances for them. This may be the case for an older person who, even though they are still lucid, are unable to manage their budget. When that person has children, power of attorney is generally granted to one of them, provided they are at least 18 years of age. (more…)

May 2017

Which solution to pick

Choosing the right solution for you: consumer proposals vs. bankruptcy

If you are deep in debt, you are probably looking for a solution to solve your financial troubles. But how do you choose between a consumer proposal and bankruptcy? The role of the Licensed Insolvency Trustee Let’s start by making one thing clear: consumer proposals and bankruptcy are two legitimate solutions to solve debt problems. Choosing between these solutions is a personal decision that falls to the debtor. But to make an informed decision, debtors can rely on Licensed Insolvency Trustees (LIT). The LIT’s job is to assess debtor’s financial situation. They must then fully inform the debtor about each processand their benefits, and the differences between them. The LIT cannot impose the solution of their choice. The debtor must always make [...]

February 2017

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5 free online tools to improve your personal finances

Maintaining or improving your financial health can be an enormous challenge. Fortunately, several online tools are available to help you expand your knowledge on your personal finances and repay your debts, among other things. Simple and easily accessible, these tools can be a first step towards a healthier financial situation. That being said, remember that the advice of an insolvency professional is your best option if your debts are very high and your financial situation is precarious. (more…)

October 2016

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Is it a good idea to take out a bank loan to repay your consumer proposal?

Recovering financial health is often the main concern of people who must repay a consumer debt proposal. This is why some people consider taking out a loan to pay it off more quickly. But is this solution actually advantageous? (more…)

August 2016

Licensed insolvency trustee

Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Are you familiar with the term “Licensed Insolvency Trustee” (LIT)? This new name designates what used to be called a “Trustee in Bankruptcy” or, in French “Syndic de faillite.” The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) decided to apply this change, beginning on April 1, 2016. We believe the new designation more accurately reflects the role of LITs following the evolution of the industry. Here are some reasons for this change regarding insolvency. Why is Ginsberg Gingras happy with the change to the Trustee in Bankruptcy title? The term “Licensed Insolvency Trustee” is more general and inclusive. Since an LIT’s role is not limited to bankruptcy, our professional title should appropriately reflect the work we do. Additionally, a more [...]

May 2016

consequences bankruptcy

The Consequences of Bankruptcy on Hydroelectricity and Other Services

Bankruptcy puts an end to many debts. But what becomes of your financial health after bankruptcy? Maybe you want to get out of debt but you’d like to learn more about the positive and negative impacts of your decision. In this case, here is what you should know about some of the consequences after filing for bankruptcy. (more…)

February 2016

planning christmas

Planning Ahead For Christmas 2016: 4 Tips To Avoid Financial Stress

Did Christmas break the bank this year? Did you swear to never again get stuck doing things at the last minute? Planning Christmas in advance not only saves you money, but also reduces stress. Here are four tips to help you get started on planning for Christmas today. (more…)

December 2015

11 ways to resist christmas consumerism

11 Ways to Resist Christmas Consumerism

The spirit of Christmas is embodied in values like family, love, friendship and sharing. With a bit of time and good planning, it’s possible to have a memorable Christmas without spending a lot of money. Resorting to consumerism doesn’t guarantee happiness. It’s a good idea to avoid this trap if possible, because once you step foot in it, it can be difficult to get out. (more…)