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

Insolvency explained

If you are sick or injured, you don’t have to be a medical expert to know that you need to go to a doctor for treatment. You just instinctively know that you don’t feel well and that your GP will in all likelihood be able to help you. The process is simple: you go along to see your doctor. You describe your symptoms or condition, the doctor may ask you questions, may perhaps examine you, may initiate some tests, may offer you his or her diagnosis of your condition or injury, may prescribe medication or other treatment, may refer you to a specialist or a medical consultant or may send you to hospital. Continue reading

Debt Solutions in the UK

If you find yourself deep in debt, there are seven main options which you can consider to address your predicament. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, about 98% of people who decide to do something about their personal debt problems opt for one of these seven courses of action. Which solution appeals to you? Which solution are you eligible to go for? See if your circumstances match any of them.

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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

Improving your credit rating

Who Keeps Credit Scores?

In the UK there are three main Credit Reference Agencies which get their information from lenders with the permission of the borrowers who, when they sign up to a loan agreement, consent to this type of information being disclosed. Of course, if consent is withheld, the lender may not pass on details of the borrower’s agreement. Continue reading

Dealing with Bad Credit

You begin to get a bad credit rating when you fail to repay borrowings in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions. If you don’t make your repayments on full and on time, the price you pay is deterioration of your credit worthiness or to put it another way you acquire a reputation for ‘bad credit’. Continue reading

Dealing with Personal Debt via Bankruptcy

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