It’s much easier than we think to accumulate debt, especially at or near retirement, when income is not as high.
Debt can also create tension within a couple.
Éric Lebel, Partner and Licensed Insolvency Trustee, paints a portrait of clients in debt in Bel Âge magazine : “People come to us looking for solutions. Some, in their fifties, are sick and don’t always have salary insurance. Others are self-employed, without a financial buffer in case of unforeseen events.”
Lebel reminds us that at retirement, it’s important to review all of our credit: “Even though our income decreases, we still get to keep all of our credit cards. Spending $100 or $200 over budget every month is enough to accrue thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in debt.”
Sadly, in the past 20 years, there has been an increase in the number of people aged 65 and over with debt. There are solutions to remedy indebtedness, but first and foremost, you have to slow down your lifestyle. Then, different options are available such as debt consolidation, the consumer proposal or declaring bankruptcy. These solutions can get you back on track and help you sleep better at night.
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