Get out of debt

Roy Keane’s supposed philosophy in relation to football at least was neatly summarised in the catchy phrase: ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. People talk these days about what they call ‘unsustainable debt’ usually referring to the national debt of countries such as Ireland or Greece but sometimes in the context of personal debt. Continue reading

Debt after Christmas

Even if we didn’t overspend at Christmas, it somehow feels as if we did. Spending just seems to expand so as to consume all available cash and then some. It doesn’t seem to matter if we are paid weekly or monthly, Christmas just seems to be like a good vacuum cleaner, sucking up every spare penny. Continue reading

Get debt help

Some years ago a famous advertisement proclaimed that ‘It’s good to talk’. When it comes to resolving debt problems the first option should always be to talk about it. Even when the problems seem intractable, you should at least try to talk to your lenders. It is particularly important that you seek debt help when you begin to miss payments or when you have made late payments or when you have begun to pay your creditors selectively over other creditors, say if certain creditors are putting you under pressure. This behaviour is unfair on the creditors who are treating you better i.e. not putting you under pressure nor sending debt collectors to your door, nor taking legal action against you. Continue reading

Joint debts in an IVA

If you are insolvent and considering offering IVA proposals to your creditors you should be aware of the standard treatment of joint debts in an IVA and how your IVA is affected if you have one or more debts jointly with your spouse or partner. A joint debt is a debt taken out by two or more people but in most cases just by two people. Continue reading

Fair treatment for Mortgage Arrears

So you have fallen into arrears with your mortgage payments. Bear in mind that this is not a hanging offence. It is not even a criminal offence. In fact there are certain standards that you can expect your mortgage provider to adhere to as you try to cope with the inevitable stress of the situation. Continue reading

Different Types of Personal Debts

We quite possibly have difficulties in differentiating between distinct types of consumer debt and banks can be less than useful in explaining these distinctions. One difference which is crucial to be familiar with is whether a particular liability is secured or unsecured. For example take circumstances where you are contemplating buying a car or some other type of motor vehicle. There are a wide variety of ways that you might use to pay for your new or second hand vehicle. If you have the available funds, you may pay wholly in cash. Then again you might purchase your vehicle through trading in your old car and paying the rest in cash. Continue reading

Solving Personal Debt Problems with Support from Europe

Most citizens of member states of the European Union (EU) are unaware of certain unexpected benefits that EU membership conveys in relation to personal insolvency. These benefits are rooted in the principle of the free movement of labour which EU citizens enjoy within the EU and are particularly relevant for those who find themselves overburdened by debt and threatened with aggressive insolvency proceedings in certain member states of the EU. Continue reading