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If the amount of debt you have is more than £10,000, you may be able to apply for what is known as an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) to help repay it.
An IVA is a fixed term repayment plan that provides people who have excessive levels of debt with an opportunity to repay their creditors by making use of reduced payment amounts. When entering an IVA, an individual and his or her assets can also be prevented from falling prey to additional legal actions as well as bankruptcy.
In several instances, an Individual Voluntary Arrangement will be considered when paying off the complete amount of outstanding debt is insurmountable. However, while this may seem like the perfect solution to getting debt repaid, there may sometimes be a few disadvantages of entering into an IVA, which will be discussed with you beforehand. You will be working with a qualified insolvency practitioner to set up an IVA.
It is possible to enter into an IVA throughout England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland works with a different version of this system that is referred to as a Scottish Protected Deed.
When applying for and entering into an IVA, your personal financial situation will be thoroughly assessed to determine whether you will be eligible or not. If you are deemed eligible to enter into an IVA, it is crucial that you adhere to the terms set out in it. Full details will always be discussed with you before entering into an IVA agreement. This enables you to make an informed choice regarding whether it will be a suitable option or not.
You may be struggling with joint debts that are owed by you and someone else, such as your spouse or partner. An IVA is only able to cover one person at a time, so your partner will still be responsible for the full amount of the debt. As a result, it is not normally recommended that you include joint debts in your IVA.
Although you will not be able to take out a joint IVA, you and the other person responsible for the debt may be able to apply for individual IVAs that are connected. These are referred to as ‘Interlocking IVAs, and you will be able to obtain advice from your insolvency practitioner in this regard.
In cases where you have several joint debts and the other party in the equation is not keen on entering into an IVA, you may need to consider other options.
If you decide to enter into an IVA, you will have to work out a practical repayment plan with your insolvency practitioner. This repayment plan will then be put forward to your creditors and if they agree to it, you will have to repay a set amount each month, normally for a period of five years.
Your monthly repayments will be paid directly to your insolvency practitioner, who will in turn redistribute it to your creditors. A portion of your repayment will normally also be retained by your insolvency practitioner to cover his or her costs.
In the event that the payments you are making into your IVA are not sufficient to cover the full amount of your debts, the balance will be written off. However, you will need to confirm this with your insolvency practitioner.
In most cases, an IVA will last for a period of up to five years.
Keep in mind as well that the cost of entering into an IVA can be high because a qualified insolvency practitioner must set them up. Although the costs may vary, you can expect to pay anywhere from £4,000 to £5,000 on average, and these costs will be paid in instalments as a part of your IVA payments.
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