Only an approved third party or an intermediary (such as the CAB) can apply online for a debt relief order on your behalf. Debt relief orders are granted by the Insolvency Service and administered by the Official Receiver. The register is open to the public and your name and address will remain on the register for fifteen months. It might be an idea to google ‘Debt Relief Order’ and check the criteria before getting your hopes up, as they are strict.
There is a cost of £90 to apply for a debt relief order. This fee must be paid in cash at a Payzone outlet. You can spread the cost over a six month period but the Official Receiver will not consider your application until the £90 fee has been paid in full.
Once you have paid the fee and sent your application, the Official Receiver can make a debt relief order, providing you meet all the conditions. (It is important to note that it is an offence to give false or misleading information on your application.)
When your debt relief order has been granted, you do not have to pay any of the creditors listed on the order. Your creditors will be informed about the debt relief order and they cannot take any action against you.
DMPs are most generally designed for those who have lower amounts of debt e.g. £7,500 and are in a situation where their finances might improve within a foreseeable period. The problem with these plans is that the monthly payments are usually so low that they never repay the capital and drag on for years at a time. The positive points are that creditors are kept at arms length and often interest is frozen for a period of time, though not permanently.
If your debts are below £15,000 and you meet the criteria, you might want to consider a Debt Relief Order, which is a type of ‘mini bankruptcy’. If you go on the internet and find that you fit the criteria, then this is definitely the better option as your debt is wiped once and for all – your local CAB will arrange the DRO paperwork for you. If your debts are above £15,000 it is unlikely you will ever repay the capital and you might want to call us.
Bankruptcy Trustee-When you enter into bankruptcy your application goes from the court where a copy is kept and a copy is forwarded to the Official Receiver who will be responsible to establish whether or not a Bankruptcy Trustee should administer the bankruptcy. This appointment provides the role is to liquidate any assets and distribute the proceeds to your creditors. This is only if you have assets such as a house or property with equity in. If you have nothing and live in rented accommodation and are simply entering bankruptcy to rid yourself of un manageable debt then a bankruptcy trustee will not be appointed.
A trustee is usually only appointed if there are assets to protect for and on behalf of creditors. so if you are a home owner, or you run your own business then it is likely a trustee will be appointed. It is at this point if you haven’t already will really need to think about what you are going to do. What and who is going to be affected by what is happening. It is likely that if you have a partner and children or family that is going to be affected by the procedure of the Trustee claiming assets on behalf of creditors.
With emotions sometimes running high and the fear of loss that you will all experience it is crucial that you remain focussed and find ways of either managing the situation or adjusting to what is happening and formulating a plan for the immediate future.
Do not bury your head in the sand and think everything will be OK. There are times in life you have to take decisive action. This is one of those times.