In the News: Who is Filing for Bankruptcy? A lot of Seniors it Seems
With Canadian consumer debt on the rise, it is no surprise that filing for bankruptcy has become a popular form of debt relief. The ability to combine all debts and make one monthly payment, as well as the ability to halt collection calls and collection action, has proven to be quite appealing for a vast number of people.
Accordingly, a vast array of individuals from diverse demographics are choosing this option -but which group is most likely to go this route? According to a recent CBC News article, it seems a lot of seniors are filing for bankruptcy as a way to get relief from debts that have piled up.
The article states, “According to a review of 6,000 insolvency filings handled…in 2013 and 2014, the share of debtors aged 50 and over increased to 30 per cent compared with 27 per cent in the previous two-year period,” with credit cards and payday loans representing the debts of highest concern.
The report also found that seniors and those in pre-retirement have accumulated the highest unsecured debt load among all age groups: “On average, debtors 50 and older filing for insolvency had $68,677 in unsecured debt, while those over 60 had total unsecured debt of $69,031.”
You can read more about this here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/seniors-in-ontario-make-up-30-of-bankruptcies-report-1.3060463.
Furthermore, according the Globe and Mail, several factors have contributed to this, including the higher number of personal loans being granted to adult children. For seniors with children, a loan to a child has become quite common, and although intentions may be good, often these loans go unpaid, leaving parents in a position of financial strain.
Additionally, seniors are the ones with the highest unpaid tax bills owed to the Canada Revenue Agency. Read more on this here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/growing-number-of-seniors-account-for-ontarios-insolvency-filings-study/article24236617/.
This rising senior debt, coupled with the fact that income is generally less in the post-retirement years, has led many seniors to turn to trustees for assistance. And this isn’t a bad idea in theory. Why start retirement owing more that you can afford to pay? The only problem is that, without understanding the process in detail, many turn directly to those trustees, rather than to a representative.
Why is this an issue? Bankruptcy trustees are looking out for the interests of creditors, not just the person filing. However, a personal representative, one with the debtor’s interests in mind, can ensure protection throughout the process, lessening the risk.
If you are worried about debt in your retirement years, a fresh start thanks to filing for bankruptcy may just be the answer. Just make sure that you are protected. Call DebtCare today. We represent you – not your creditors, and can work towards a fair and objective result. 1-888-890-0888.