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Can a lawyer practice law while bankrupt?

Can A Bankrupt Lawyer Practice Law?

Yes, even lawyers can struggle with debt, and when they do their first question is often: How will a consumer proposal or assignment in bankruptcy affect my license with the Law Society of Upper Canada (the “LSUC”)? The short answer, is that the LSUC imposes no restrictions on debtors who file consumer proposals, while they impose a number of restrictions on debtors who make an assignment in bankruptcy. A member must notify the LSUC immediately upon making an assignment ...

407 Debts Are Now Dischargeable by Bankruptcy and Consumer Proposals

Great News: The 407 can no longer prevent you from renewing your plates if your 407 debt was discharged by a consumer proposal or bankruptcy. Both bankruptcy and a consumer proposal are intended to provide a fresh start.  If you can’t renew your license plate after erasing your debt with a consumer proposal or bankruptcy, then your past debts would continue to affect your future; not much of a fresh start in our opinion. While we at Welker and ...

Collection Agency Rules

Nearly everyone struggling with debt suffers from daily calls from bill collectors.  While our services are a great way to stop these calls once and for all, it’s important to understand some of the rules that collection agencies must follow regardless of whether or not you file a consumer proposal or assignment in bankruptcy. Rule #1 Before a collection agency can contact you they need to send you a written notice by regular mail (email doesn’t count). The notice must ...

Can you pay off your debt on your own?

Why continue to pay off your debt when there’s no end in sight?  Too many people continue to make debt payments without reducing their debt; something that I refer to as “Treading Water“. If what you own and what you earn isn’t enough to pay off your debts in a reasonable time frame, then it’s important to consider your options. A lot of folks that I meet with have been doing their best to pay their debt without getting results.  They ...

Pay Off Debt

Paying Off Debt

There is no magic pill, despite what the internet may tell you.  Paying off debt is no different then losing weight in that it takes perseverance and time.  In our experience, if a debt solution sounds to good to be true, then it probably is. If you want to lose 10 or 20 pounds then a minor change in your diet or exercising a few times per week may do the trick.  Similarly, If you have a manageable debt problem, which ...

Treading Water - Debt's Vicious Cycle

Treading Water: Debt’s Vicious Cycle

“Treading Water” = Simply keeping your head above water, struggling without progress, or fruitless efforts. For many, making debt payments and then re-borrowing, or “Treading Water”, is a vicious cycle that perpetuates stress and anxiety.  When you aren’t consistently reducing your debt on a monthly basis despite paying what you can afford, then you are “Treading Water” and need to reassess your situation before you drown. It’s important to consider: Is your total debt load decreasing every month? Can you afford ...

Better Business Bureau - Welker and Company

Better Business Bureau

Welker and Company is pleased to announce its membership in the Better Business Bureau! The Better Business Bureau: Sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance; Helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and those that aren’t, through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews; and Sets standards for and evaluates thousands of advertisements each year to ensure that people can trust what advertisers say. The debt management industry is home to a variety of highly reputable, as well as far ...

Bankruptcy-Discharge

Bankruptcy Discharge

After making an assignment in bankruptcy with a licensed Trustee, you must complete a number of duties, including, but not limited to: 1) Attending two credit counselling sessions; 2) Reporting your income on a monthly basis; and 3) Making all required payments. If you are a first or second time bankrupt, and fulfill all of your duties prior to your scheduled discharge then you will receive what is called an Automatic Discharge.  It is at this time that your ...

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Bankruptcy Isn’t Contagious…

Bankruptcy isn’t contagious While I’m not a medical doctor there’s one thing I’m sure of: You can’t become bankrupt simply by calling a Trustee. While an overwhelming majority of debtors express their feeling of relief after leaving my office, so many delay asking for help.  So why do so many people delay reaching out for help?  In my experience, there are a number of reasons. Reason #1 – People don’t understand the bankruptcy process Common misconceptions are numerous.  Few people ...

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High Personal Income Tax Debtors and Bankruptcy

Surprise, surprise: The Federal Government’s laws make your life difficult if you don’t pay them.  In this case, its s172.1 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.  The majority of bankrupts never have to attend court, or appear before a judge, but this isn’t the case for “High Personal Income Tax Debtors” who have more than $200,000 of personal income tax debt that represents more than 75% of their total unsecured debt. (Mortgages, and most car loans are secured debt, not unsecured debt). ...

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