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Bitten By Bankruptcy?

By Yannis Loucopoulos

Research at The Debt Line has shown that up to 1 million people are on the verge of declaring themselves bankrupt as they struggle to cope with thousands of pounds worth of debt.

Bankruptcy is an option that often has to be considered when an individual cannot pay their debts as they fall due. A first time bankrupt with debts will generally receive their discharge one year after the date of the bankruptcy order.

Bankruptcy is the most drastic method available for dealing with debts you cannot pay. It can however set you free from overwhelming debts so you can make a fresh start, and makes sure your assets are shared out fairly amongst your creditors. However there are many implications of bankruptcy. During your bankruptcy you will be subject to several restrictions, which can be avoided through an alternative to bankruptcy such as an IVA. Anyone can go bankrupt, and there are different insolvency procedures for dealing with companies and for individuals who become bankrupt.

Applying for an IVA is a regularly looked at as an avoidance from bankruptcy. The IVA enables you to cut your debts to an affordable level and clear them over a fixed period. The compromise should offer a larger repayment towards your debt than could otherwise be expected were you to be made bankrupt. You can even take out a fresh mortgage while in an IVA. What's more, it is a totally private arrangement - nobody needs to know about it apart from you, your advisors and your creditors. An IVA ensures that your home is protected and your job is not at risk and with The Debt Line an IVA can write off up to 75% of your debts.

There are so many advantages of an IVA. For example, there is not the stigma or the publicity that normally accompanies bankruptcy and the debtor can continue to trade in a business to generate money. It can give the peace of mind to have a fresh financial start.

The implications of bankruptcy are simple. Some of these disadvantages are: loosing control of your assets, not being able to act as a company director (if you wish to do so), being publicly examined in court and your credit being affected for many years after the annulment. It seems that as far as The Debt Line are concerned, the bankruptcy route could be very much avoided.

One in 8 of those with five-figure debts say they are 'quite likely' or 'very likely' to declare themselves bankrupt. Also, with an interest rate rise looking more and more definite, these figures are expected to grow. With the help of The Debt Line a growing number of people will be finding alternative ways to get themselves out of debt.
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