IVA and Bankruptcy statistics

Back in 2012 we noticed a significant swing away from bankruptcies and towards Individual Voluntary Arrangements or IVAs. It is interesting to look at what has been happening since then and particularly whether that trend has been sustained. The short answer is that it has and the numbers of individuals choosing bankruptcy continues to decline sharply. Continue reading

Why creditors might reject your IVA

Incorrect financial information

Creditors take it for granted that you are truthful in your IVA Proposal about your current financial circumstances and how they arose. They expect you to be open, frank and honest and to disclose all relevant facts about your income, expenses, assets and liabilities. If a creditor is aware that you are hiding some important fact about your insolvency they then they will be dubious about the IVA proposal as a whole and be likely to reject it. Continue reading

Debt Management to IVA

There are a huge number of people in Debt Management Plans in the UK. Many of them have varied circumstances as to why they are in Debt Management over other solutions. Some may be solvent but to pay off their debts in full in accordance with the terms on which they borrowed the money in the first place they would have to dispose of some of their assets such as a house, and many of them are not prepared to do this. Continue reading

Can I Do an IVA with no money?

If you are insolvent and have no assets and/or no disposable income can you still do an IVA or to put the question a little differently, is there any chance that creditors will accept your proposal for an IVA if you have no money? Incredible as it may seem, the answer is yes, provided you can ‘bring something to the table’. First, let us look at the ‘normal’ scenario in which an insolvent debtor goes forward with an IVA. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of an IVA

Looking at an Indivudal Voluntary Arrangement (or IVA) through the eyes of the insolvent debtor (the person in debt) reveals the pros and cons of the process. Once an IVA is accepted at the meeting of creditors, the debtor can look forward to enjoying a considerable number of advantages, provided they adhere to the agreed terms during the life of the IVA. There are also some cons for the debtor, both upfront and also if the IVA should fail in its term of supervision. Continue reading

How an Individual Voluntary Arrangement Works

If you have debts you cannot afford to repay you might still like to reach a binding agreement with your creditors based on what you can afford. Provided you have a regular income, an IVA may help you to reach such an agreement and to repay some of your debts in a reasonable, finite and fixed period of time. Continue reading

Dealing with Personal Debt via an Individual Voluntary Arrangement

In our first two articles in this series, we looked at Debt Consolidation and the Debt Management Plan as two of the main approaches for dealing with personal debt problems. In this article we will briefly look at the first of two formal processes that are specifically targeted at debts who are insolvent i.e. an Individual Voluntary Arrangement. Continue reading

Getting an IVA Accepted

If you’re planning on entering into an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) with your lenders you would naturally like to be in no doubt that they are going to accept and agree to your IVA proposal. The overriding concern is whether your offer will be sufficiently attractive to a minimum of 75% of those lenders who make a decision to exercise their power to vote to persuade them to approve your proposals. Exactly what do creditors need to see in your IVA proposal documents?
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Insolvency Process Dodgy Transactions | Transaction at an Undervalue

In the lead up to any liquidation process, it is important that the borrower makes sure that he behaves truthfully, honorably and fairly in his or her business with all other individuals who might be impacted by the process. All actions relating to lenders or any others (not being creditors) which will detrimentally affect the welfare of creditors are of particular concern, regardless whether creditors happen to be party to the financial transactions are not. Insolvency processes include Bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements, Company Voluntary Arrangements, Liquidations and the like. Continue reading