This is a good answer. Thank you.
I have a few follow ups
I have been advised by my trustee to call these creditors
essentially to explain to them that I am bound by Canadian law NOT to repay them "preferentially"
My trustee recommends I explain that they can recuperate some moneys from assets which I have in Canada (I have no assets in the US to dispose of)
do you think that there is a likelihood that they will participate by sending in a claim to my trustee?
Yes but they are entitled to a share in my assets
Canadian law will treat them equaly
but there is no reciprocity, I understand that
I guess I am trying to reduce my risk in the future
I have no intention today of returning to live in the US - but I also have no idea what the future holds (family etc) - I wonder why these creditors would go through the hassle of suing me / waiting for me to return to the US (how would they know if I come back in 15 years from now)? etc
what you are saying makes sense
however my goal is to have a fresh start and get these debts taken care of
not waiting for me down the road (and perhaps ballooned to unreasonable amounts)
So in other words, it is likely that they will harrass me like crazy but then eventually not be able to do anything and they might give up within a few years
I do not expect to return to the US for at least a decade
your instinct is that they will abandon my case?
OK well thank you for your very fullsome answers
I really appreciate speaking with a professional who can give me some insight
they can not sue me while I live in Canada? that seems odd
OK that makes sense - thank you
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