Common Credit Management Terms

  • Equity
    The difference between the market value of an asset and the debt against it.

  • Estate
    The aggregate of possessions, including real rights, movable and immovable property, and personal and real property of an individual or a corporation.

  • Examination
    Questioning of the bankrupt under oath with respect to the bankrupt's conduct, causes of bankruptcy and disposition of the bankrupt's property. The examination may be conducted by an Official Receiver, a trustee, a creditor or other interested person in accordance with conditions prescribed in the Act.

  • Exempt Assets
    Assets made exempt from execution or seizure by provincial legislation that are not available to the trustee for the benefit of creditors.


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