At Harris & Partners Inc., our staff provides services related to personal bankruptcy, consumer proposals, and corporate bankruptcy. Our team includes highly qualified and experienced Licensed Insolvency Trustee and Restructuring Professionals, Certified Insolvency Counsellors under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and Chartered Accountants. Many of our staff has over 20 years’ experience in the insolvency business, and we have been in business together over 30 years.
In a personal bankruptcy, your assets are assigned to a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (previously known as Trustee in Bankruptcy) and Restructuring Professional in exchange for the elimination of most of your debts. A personal bankruptcy is usually made by a voluntary assignment. Once bankruptcy is declared, you get legal protection from your creditors and a chance to start over fresh but are required to perform certain duties. You are required to attend two financial counselling sessions, must pay surplus income and report your monthly income to the Trustee until you are discharged (which takes a minimum of 9 months).
The creditors get paid by the Trustee through payments from your surplus income and realization of non-exempt assets. Your bankruptcy will be recorded on your credit report for at least the next 6 years, which will negatively affect your ability to obtain credit. Filing for bankruptcy should be your last resort after all other alternatives have been considered.
A corporate bankruptcy refers to when an insolvent incorporated business files for bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Once a corporation in Canada declares bankruptcy, its affairs are brought to an end, and a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and Restructuring Professional takes care of administrative matters, including selling any property, investments or assets, filing any outstanding tax returns, meeting with the creditors, and reporting on the bankruptcy to the creditors and to the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.
There are alternatives to a corporate bankruptcy. If the business is worth saving but has too much debt, you may want to consider a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal/Division I Proposal, which gives a corporation legal protection from creditors for 30 days to 6 months. If the corporation owes more than $5 million, you can consider restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. The professionals at Harris & Partners Inc. are always available to meet to discuss your company’s financial difficulties and to determine the best way to restructure.