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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

I would like to take credit for that quote, but it was Marie Curie, a very wise woman who said it first. Last week I started to discuss the five most common fears that people have about bankruptcy in Toronto – the fears that stop people from investigating their options with regard to debt.

Sandra SykoraLast week I discussed the common fear that filing for bankruptcy means you will lose all of your personal belongings and household furnishings – which of course is not true.

This week the topic is obtaining new credit. Many people visit my office and tell me that they have heard that if they claim bankruptcy they will NEVER have credit again. This is typically not true unless you do not want to apply for any new credit. But you will have a life after your bankruptcy ends and most people do eventually apply for new credit after bankruptcy.

Here are the facts: as part of the bankruptcy process, you are required to attend two credit counseling sessions. One of these sessions is about rebuilding your credit once you have finished your bankruptcy. Typically the minimum time to be in a bankruptcy is nine months. Once you are done, or discharged, from your bankruptcy, you can start to rebuild your credit and the counsellor will give you some tips for starting over. Rest assured, there is life after bankruptcy and that life will likely include new credit, be it a secured credit card, a car loan, or a mortgage on your first home – you will be able to start over.

So if you’ve been putting off that call because your fear of a credit-less future has been getting in the way – you don’t have to wait any longer. If you are ready to put a plan into place to deal with your debts please feel free to contact us today at (416) 730-8060 or 310-PLAN (7526), or send us an e-mail.

Next Week’s Fear: What happens to my spouse if I file for bankruptcy?