From financial crisis to renewed hope: Spergel helps Chelsey to overcome her husband’s financial infidelity

Chelsey is a 42-year old professional located in Burnaby, BC, who recently faced a financial storm that threatened to shatter the stability she had built over the years. With $200,000 in the bank, a mortgage-free condo, and what appeared to be a secure financial future, Chelsey’s life took an unexpected turn when she discovered the devastating effects of her husband’s financial infidelity. Spergel – the ‘get rid of debt’ people – is renowned for guiding individuals through financial crises, and became the beacon of hope in Chelsey’s darkest hour. In this success story, we share how Chelsey found the strength to rebuild her life with the support and expertise of Spergel’s Licensed Insolvency Trustees.

Client Background

Chelsey B. is a Burnaby resident, and, with a keen eye for financial stability, had built a life envied by many of her friends and peers. At the heart of her success was a marriage built on trust, and together with her husband, Jarrod, they accumulated over $200,000 in savings and achieved the desirable milestone for many Canadians of owning a mortgage-free condo in a desirable part of the city. Chelsey, a dedicated professional with a flourishing career in marketing, had carefully planned for a future filled with financial security. That is, until it all went wrong.

Chelsey's story

The Challenge

The façade of stability crumbled when Chelsey discovered the harsh reality of her husband’s financial infidelity, and his deception. She had no idea he had been gambling and making poor financial decisions without her knowledge. Shockingly, her $200,000 nest egg had evaporated, and her mortgage-free condo was now entangled in financial complications. Instead, she was left to face a harsh reality and depleted resources. Her mortgage-free condo, once a symbol of security, now faced uncertain prospects due to the financial intricacies tied to her husband’s actions. Left grappling with the aftermath of Jarrod’s betrayal, Chelsey found herself on the brink of bankruptcy, faced with a situation she never imagined possible. It was not just a matter of lost savings or a jeopardized home; it was a profound betrayal that left her trying to untangle the web of financial mismanagement, threatening creditor demands, and the pursuit of restoring her own financial credibility. There was a huge emotional toll as well as a number of financial challenges at hand.


In her mission to achieve financial recovery, Chelsey turned to Spergel, recognizing the urgent need for expert guidance to navigate the complex ins and outs of her newfound financial crisis. This is where her journey towards redemption and rebuilding began, and Spergel became the partner she needed to reclaim control over her financial destiny. The challenge extended beyond the numbers on bank statements; it also involved restoring faith in her financial future and regaining control over her life. Spergel worked quickly with Chelsey, devising a bespoke, holistic solution to see her on the journey to financial freedom.


Spergel’s comprehensive solution for Chelsey began with a thorough financial analysis, unravelling the intricacies of her husband’s financial mismanagement. Spergel’s expert advisors then engaged in strategic negotiations with her creditors, addressing outstanding debts and establishing viable repayment terms. Spergel’s recommended legal professionals collaborated to navigate the legal complexities surrounding Chelsey’s mortgage-free home, ensuring her interests were protected. Spergel also incorporated emotional and financial counselling into Chelsey’s solution, providing crucial support to navigate the psychological toll of financial betrayal. Practical strategies for debt management were implemented, prioritizing payments and restructuring financial obligations for immediate relief. Spergel’s commitment to financial education was offered through personalized guidance, equipping Chelsey with the knowledge for informed decision-making, credit rebuilding, and long-term financial planning. This hands-on approach throughout the process not only resolved immediate challenges, but also empowered Chelsey on her journey toward renewed financial stability and control.


Spergel’s support for Chelsey was resoundingly successful. Through financial analysis and strategic planning, Spergel navigated negotiations with creditors, resulting in manageable repayment terms for Chelsey (around $300 per month), and the alleviation of outstanding debts. Legal support ensured the protection of Chelsey’s interests regarding her mortgage-free home, providing both financial and legal stability. The emotional and financial counselling offered by Spergel became instrumental in helping Chelsey cope with the psychological toll of financial betrayal, instead empowering her to regain control. Importantly, Spergel’s commitment to financial education equipped Chelsey with knowledge for informed decision-making, credit rebuilding, and long-term financial planning. The holistic approach not only meant Chelsey could avoid bankruptcy, and instead file a consumer proposal, but also empowered her to emerge from the crisis with renewed confidence and a strategy for sustained financial success.


Chelsey’s journey from financial crisis to renewed stability is a testament to the transformative approach adopted by Spergel. Chelsey was not only able to avoid bankruptcy, but emerged from an unfortunate situation with a strengthened financial situation and a renewed sense of control. Spergel provided not just solutions, but a lifeline during a tumultuous period.

Client Testimonial

I am immensely grateful to the Spergel team for guiding me through a challenging financial crisis with empathy and expertise. From negotiating with my creditors to providing emotional support and financial education, Spergel transformed my situation from imminent bankruptcy to renewed stability. Spergel is not just a service; they are partners committed to empowering individuals through complex financial journeys, and boy, was mine complex.” – Chelsey B., Burnaby, BC

How Spergel can help you

At Spergel, the ‘get rid of debt’ people, our expert Licensed Insolvency Trustees have been helping Canadians to gain debt relief for over thirty years. We help individuals in various ways to improve your financial wellbeing. In this scenario, our approach focused on detailed spending tracking in order to budget and live within your means. Here are some ways we can help you:

  • Debt consolidation and management – making debt easier to handle and reducing overall interest payments.
  • Budgeting – we help to create realistic budgets and financial plans tailored to your needs.
  • Credit counselling – we offer guidance on improving and maintaining a healthy credit score. 
  • Debt relief – for any individuals facing significant financial challenges, we provide advice on your options including bankruptcy and consumer proposals, guiding you through the process and helping you make informed decisions.

By offering a range of services and expertise, we aim to empower individuals to gain financial freedom and to take control of their finances to build a more secure future.

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