• Bankruptcy

    What is bankruptcy?

    Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows individuals with unmanageable debts to seek relief. It involves applying for a court order, after which your assets are distributed and sold to repay your creditors. In most cases, bankruptcy is discharged after 12 months, resulting in the cancellation of remaining debts. However, an income payment order may require you to make payments for up to three years.


    There are certain advantages to going bankrupt, which include relieving the pressure of having to deal with creditors, being allowed to keep what is known as ‘exempt goods’ such as tools to do your job or a car with a value of under £2,000 and the fact that you are allowed to keep some of your income.

    All this considered though, there are plenty of disadvantages as well, including the fact that you could be asked to make payments towards your debts for as long as 3 years (if your income is high enough) and it will be more difficult for you to take out credit whilst bankrupt.

    Your credit rating will also be affected for 6 years.

    Other potential implications include legal limits on how much you can borrow without notifying lenders that you’re bankrupt, as well as the potential of losing your home if it needs to be sold.

    Bankruptcy may be the best option for some people, whereas it could be by far the worst for others, and each case has to be considered on its own individual merit. Click here for a checklist to see whether bankruptcy could be right for you.

    There are lots of options out there for people in debt, but the timeline for how a person goes about declaring bankruptcy is laid out in the steps below:

    Finally, let’s look at a few Benefits and Considerations for Bankruptcy:



    Protection from legal action and creditor demands

    Adverse impact on credit rating for 6 years

    Court actions against you are likely to be stopped

    Potential payment obligations for up to 3 years (if income is high enough)

    Outstanding debt is generally written off after 12 months

    Difficulty obtaining credit while bankrupt

    Relief from dealing with creditors

    Limits on borrowing without notifying lenders

    Exemption of certain goods (e.g., tools, car under £2,000)

    Possibility of losing your home if sold

    Ability to retain some income

    Bank account may be frozen

    Discharge from bankruptcy after the designated period

    Personal assets may be sold to repay creditors

    Bankruptcy Compared to other Solutions


    • Debt written off after 12 months Asset distribution and potential loss
    • Legally binding agreement with creditors​
    • Credit Rating impact: 6 years
    • No minimum debt level
    • Repayment: 12 months


    • Debt written off after fixed term (usually 5 years)
    • Legally binding agreement with creditors
    • Credit Rating impact: 6 years
    • Minimum debt of £6,000
    • Repayment: 5 years


    • Single consolidated monthly payment
    • Informal agreement with creditors
    • Credit Rating impact: Varies
    • No minimum debt level
    • Repayment: Varies


    • Debt written off after 12 months
    • Legally binding agreement with creditors​
    • Credit Rating impact: 6 years
    • Debts below £30,000 and Personal assets below £2,000
    • Repayment: 12 months

    Protected Trust Deed

    • Potential to keep home
    • Legally binding agreement with creditors​
    • Credit Rating impact: 6 years
    • Minimum Scotland Residency of 6 months
    • Repayment: 4 years

    *Please note that the durations provided are general guidelines and can vary based on individual circumstances. It’s important to consult with a licensed debt advisor or Insolvency Practitioner for accurate and up-to-date information regarding the duration and repayment terms of each debt solution.

    Use our quick and easy debt tool here to find out whether a Bankruptcy is the best way for you to proceed or not.

    It’s essential to seek professional advice and consider the specific details of each debt solution before making a decision. The suitability of a particular option depends on your individual circumstances and financial goals.

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