Open consultation for bankruptcy rule changes

The Oireachtas Justice Committee is having an open consultation for people who want to give their view on changing the bankruptcy rules so that a person is discharged after 1 year rather than the present standard of 3 years.

The page with the details can be found here, it closes on the 19th of June.

Our view is that 1yr would be of benefit to the people involved and give some extra creditor compulsion to dealing with debtors. On the other hand, there may be concerns about creditor lead petitions as well as ‘payment orders’ that could still go well beyond the one year term.

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BankruptcyAdvice.ie mentioned in the Irish Independent

The Irish Independent ran an article today on bankruptcy and mentioned BankruptcyAdvice.ie in it. It focused on the fees that are being charged and how the promoters of New Beginning felt that they were offering value for the level of professional service they offer.

We agree that they are professionals and well equipped for this type of work, as for the costs, they aren’t in the same market at all times as our firm, we have a DIY bankruptcy option they are not offering, with them you only get a full service option.

They are however, regulated for debt advice whereas some competitors are not and some may do work cheaper or more expensive and not offer the same services so it’s difficult to make proper comparisons and for that reason you need to know what you are getting and paying for.

Being regulated by the Law Society (for solicitors), the Bar council (barristers) and the Central Bank (financial advisors) or ACCA (for accountants) means you can’t possiblty work as …

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Some solutions don’t work

While there is provision within the insolvency code to allow a personal insolvency application with more than €3,000,000 of debt to be considered, it is not highly likely that we will see much of this. The reason being that insolvency solutions are often predicated on some level of reasonable recovery.

This is the same as examinership for companies, so the individual must be a ‘going concern’, where they aren’t then bankruptcy becomes the more viable option which is perhaps also more appropriate.

So the message is simple, don’t try to use solutions that don’t or won’t work. Insolvency is often critiqued for any manner of reasons, but that is in part because it isn’t the actual appropriate solution.

Equally, bankruptcy may not be, we had a client this week who would be better off working with the bank then opting to go to the UK for an IVA style solution, the only thing we know for sure is that there are no forgone conclusions in dealing with debt and each case is unique.

So be weary of getting into what …

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Irish Sun covers BankruptcyAdvice.ie

The Irish Sun did a piece about us the content of the article is below:

PEOPLE struggling with massive debt have been told they can eradicate it through their own DIY bankruptcy. More than 1,200 people have sought help since Irish law was changed last month, with thousands more expected to go down that road this year.

But despite the numbers already signing up, the Government has just announced plans to overhaul the new personal insolvency regime to make it easier and cheaper.

The Irish Sun’s Mr Money Karl Deeter is part of a group who have set up the perfect tool for anyone seeking bankruptcy. He said: “There is often a protracted process when it comes to applying for bankruptcy but that doesn’t have to be the case. We predict in the course of the next year thousands of people will want to avail of the new legislation.

“Through DIY bankruptcy we can provide all the help and support a person needs. “Bankruptcy is non-negotiable so once you apply it’s …

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DIY Bankruptcy

We have two routes to help you with your bankruptcy, the first is one which has our professional team heavily involved with you throughout the process, but we also have a DIY option which offers a low cost way of doing this.

DIY Bankruptcy (www.diybankruptcy.ie) gives you a face to face meeting with a professional advisor and support to help you get through the process on your own, this is supplemented with videos which will bring you through everything you need to do.

We think that a really low cost choice which still gives you face time with professional advisors and a road map through to the destination will be a popular option for people who want the freedom and finality that bankruptcy offers without the cost you might expect to go with it.

To find out more you can call us or send in a query.

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