Personal Bankruptcy Solutions
At Bankruptcy UK we specialise in assisting those with unmanageable debt and guiding them through the procedures. With well over 25 years experience in both the Debt and Financial Services sectors, we have the vision to see beyond the obvious and the ability to do something about it.
Our Advisers are all 50-plus and talk to you conversationally, not from scripts. They are experts in their field and will not tout bankruptcy if it is not in your best interests. For example, a Director who wished to continue practicing or somebody with extensive personal assets would certainly not be recommended bankruptcy as a debt solution.
We understand the concerns associated with debt problems and the stress associated with incessant calls, letters and constant badgering. We will keep these people at bay while finding the right solution for you.
We will provide an initial report free and respond to all telephone conversations by email within one hour. Everything is confidential and you are not obliged to use our services.
What, then, is the right debt solution? To establish this, we need to understand the basics of the four main players:
Debt Management Programmes
- Ideally suited for those with smaller debt levels of around £5,000 to £7000 and who can only manage smaller monthly payments.
- Will keep creditors at arm’s length and interest is frozen for a limited period of time.
- They are informal arrangements which can be walked away from without any notice.
- They are temporary by nature and rarely pay off the capital.
- People considering a DMP should also examine Debt Relief Orders, as these do liquidate the capital.
Debt Relief Orders
- Often described as ‘Mini Bankruptcies’, a DRO is a court sanctioned order which liquidates debt totalling less than £20,000
- They are arranged through your local CAB
- The criteria are strict and only those with limited income and few assets will qualify.
- This is a much better solution than a DMP as there is only a once off £90 fee and no monthly payments. The cherry on top is that the debt is permanently liqudated.
Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)
- Much touted and much maligned five year court-sanctioned debt solutions that are expensive and rarely advised correctly.
- The essential difference between an IVA and a DMP is that the debt is ultimately paid off under an IVA, though at a huge cost.
- IVAs promise to use ‘Government legislation to wipe out up to 60% of the debt’ yet much of those ‘savings’ are added back in fees.
- The monthly payments are often prohibitive and are subject to constant review.
- IVAs are designed to protect those persons with businesses – especially if they wish to retain their status as Directors – as well as those with assets, including properties with equity, expensive vehicles, share portfolios, etc.
- However, they are often recommended to all and sundry, including those living in rented and holding down every day jobs. For people who have few assets, IVAs are wretchedly expensive debt solutions.
- They are not even necessary for those with no equity in their properties, as these are not lost in bankruptcy.
- Is now done online and no court appearance is required
- Ideal for those with persons with few assets and holding down every day jobs, as there is essentially ‘nothing to lose’.
- Lasts for just 12 months, though people are often released earlier.
- Personal effects and household goods are not affected.
- No longer published in local newspapers.
- No problem with having a bank account.
- Affects the credit rating much the same as an IVA, though recovery of the credit rating is faster, as IVAs last for 5 years whereas bankruptcy lasts just 12 months.
- People are able to get mortgages as soon as three years after discharge provided there has been no trouble in the interim.
- Few jobs are affected by bankruptcy. Solicitors and Financial Advisers would not be able to practice, but jobs like the NHS, Office and Council workers, and those working in shops and factories are not affected.
Should you decide that bankruptcy is the right option for you, we will:
- Guide you through the process step-by-step
- Complete an accurate income and expenditure to ensure there no monthly payment following bankruptcy
- Submit the application online
- Provide ongoing support and advice, including after bankruptcy (which is important)
Feel free to call us for a confidential chat on 01425 600129 and we will talk you through the options and find the right solution for your particular circumstances.