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The effects of Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a big step and one which needs to be considered very cautiously. The effects that bankruptcy has on your life and credit ratings are severe. Ultimately bankruptcy is the last step in dealing with debt problems.

Dependent upon your personal circumstances going bankrupt may not the best debt solution and can often be avoided with individually constructed debt management plans and IVAs.

Before you take any action to declare yourself bankrupt, you should seek expert advice about bankruptcy and the other options available to you. The Insolvency Service and the courts cannot advise you on specific insolvency problems; for example, whether you should go bankrupt.

Once you have been made bankrupt all your assets come under the control of the Trustee, including your home. If you live with a partner and/or children then a period of twelve months may be allowed for other living arrangements to be made. At the end of the twelve-month period, the property will almost certainly have to be put up for sale, enforced by a Court order if necessary. If you own the property with someone else they may be able to make an offer to buy out your interest in the property from the Official Receiver.

The other main disadvantages of bankruptcy are the restrictions placed upon you and the stigma of having to declare oneself as a bankrupt for certain transactions.

Bankruptcy is just one of several options to be considered when you cannot repay your debts. If you are ever faced with the prospect of bankruptcy you should always look at alternatives as soon as possible such as an
Individual Voluntary Arrangement or a Debt Management Plan.

Our team of specialists are here to help you find an alternative to Bankruptcy or to assist with your Bankruptcy application. You can call our helpline on 0800 088 2147 or simply the online test to check if you qualify. Find out if you qualify for an IVA
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A bankrupt may not:

  • Obtain credit of £500 or more alone or jointly with another person without disclosing his or her bankruptcy
  • Conduct business directly or indirectly in any name other than that in which he or she was made bankrupt
  • Be involved directly or indirectly in promoting, forming or managing a company without the Court’s permission
  • Hold certain public offices

When a bankrupt is discharged these constraints are ended.A bankrupt may open a new bank or building society account but should disclose the fact that they are bankrupt. The bank or building society may then impose conditions and limitations. Overdraft facilities or chequebooks must not be obtained, as they are likely to be dishonoured. The bankrupt must inform the Trustee of any funds available in the account, which exceed the normal living expenses, in order for the Trustee to distribute among the creditors.

What can I keep if I'm bankrupt?

You can keep any tools, books, vehicles (if low value) and other items of equipment needed personally in your employment or business. You will also be able to keep your clothing, bedding, furniture and basic household items.

What are the advantages of bankruptcy?

  • For the person involved, bankruptcy provides relative peace of mind and possible automatic discharge after one year (or less in some cases).
  • For the creditors, bankruptcy allows a full investigation of the debtor's affairs to be carried out.

There are many long term disadvantages associated with Bankruptcy which need to be considered before you make your final decision.

Expert help and advice when you need it most

Our panel of specialists can quickly advise you if you qualify for an IVA,
Debt Management Plan, Trust Deed as an alternative to bankruptcy.
Simply call the team on 0800 088 2147.
Alternatively take the online debt test and find your best solution. Find your best solution with the online debt test

Bankruptcy Alternatives

Become stress free from as little as £100 pcm
With a Debt Management Plan you could simply pay one affordable monthly payment and no longer have to deal with your creditors..
See if you qualify  DMP eligibilty test
 
Write off up to 70% of your debt
If you qualify for an IVA you could:
Write off up to 70% of your debt
Freeze all interest & charges
Keep your house

See if you qualify  IVA eligibility test
 
Scottish Resident?- be debt free in 36 months
Be DEBT FREE in 36 months using Scotland's answer to the IVA.
See if you qualify  Trust Deed eligibility test
 
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