Is Bankruptcy Right for Me?

Bankruptcy is one of the hardest things anybody has to ever face. Making the right decision is difficult. That is why we have created a free eBook – The Big Five – to help you make a fully educated decision. At Bankruptcy Experts Taree we suggest you do not move forward with bankruptcy before you have read this, and you have the answers to the 5 big bankruptcy questions.

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Big 5 Questions

– Is going bankrupt right for me?
– Will I lose my job?
– How will my income be affected?
– Can I keep my house or car?
– Will I lose my business or can I still be self-employed?

If you are thinking about bankruptcy, being able to answer these questions is essential. Once you have all this information then you will know exactly what will happen to your business and assets should you choose to file for bankruptcy. Do not hesitate to download our eBook for free and educate yourself today. Or, if your questions are more complicated, call us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree directly on 1300 795 575.

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Bankruptcy Options

Bankruptcy vs
Debt Agreement

Is going bankrupt my only choice? No of course not you always have a choice, you may want to consider a debt consolidation loan. However, the most popular option considered instead of bankruptcy is a Debt Agreement (Part IX). Study the graph to work out the relative benefits and disadvantages of Bankruptcy, Debt Agreements, and Personal Insolvency Agreements, so you can make an educated choice.

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Why Do Some Business Say Debt Agreements or Personal Insolvency Agreements?

There is a good reason some bankruptcy services spend a lot on TV commercials … there is a lot in it for them if you choose them … In a desperate bid for your custom, things rapidly turn into a cat fight, with one company turning against another. And everyone claims they are the best. We are not here to compete. Here at Bankruptcy Experts Taree we are here to educate you so you can decide for yourself.

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Personal Insolvency Agreements

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Should I Consider a
Debt Consolidation Loan
?

A debt consolidation loan is often the most suitable plan. What the plan does is to pack all the assorted loans into one, larger loan. There may be a cost to consolidate the debts. One of the biggest issues to think about is your credit rating, typically people considering bankruptcy have a badly damaged credit rating so a debt consolidation loan is simply not an option.

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Who Will Know About My Bankruptcy?

 

A person’s personal privacy is a big deal when you file for bankruptcy. The days of your name being posted in the paper as a bankrupt are long gone.
In fact, there are normally only four kinds of people who will learn about your bankruptcy:

1.) The people you personally tell.
2.) Your creditors or the people you owe money to.
3.) People who request to access your credit file, such as when you apply for a loan. (this involves you giving them authorization first), Making an application for a loan is something you will not be doing for the 3 years you are bankrupt since nobody will offer you a loan while you are bankrupt.
4.) Anyone who looks you up on the National Insolvency Index (which people must pay to gain access to).

There is no necessity for you to stress, you are not a crook and you have not failed. You are simply someone who wishes to put an end to debilitating debt and carry on with their lives. At Bankruptcy Experts Taree, we are here to help. Download our Free ‘The Big 5’ e-Book for comprehensive information about insolvency and your employment or give us a call on 1300 795 575.

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Bankruptcy and the Family Home

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If I File for Bankruptcy Can I Keep My House?

In a lot of cases the answer is yes. If losing your home is a significant concern for you then the very best method to find the answer is to call us here at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on 1300 795 575. As soon as you tell us about your situation, we can give you a really clear understanding of your options over the phone. Practically everybody is sentimentally attached to their house; it is where the kids have grown up, it is where you indulge in life on a day to day basis. People frequently push themselves to the edge of insanity trying to not lose the family home, presuming this is an unavoidable consequence of bankruptcy.

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Suppose My House Has a Lot of Equity?
What Can I Do?

If your house has lots of equity and you are still drowning in debt, there are still some options available to you. In fact, this applies also to cars or other assets you may have. In this circumstance what you cannot afford to do is assume that everything will be okay. It is the bankruptcy trustee’s job to sell whatever assets you have when you declare bankruptcy and put that money towards your debts. Getting the wrong advice here could be disastrous! Before you take your next step get some assistance, at Bankruptcy Experts Taree we offer a free initial consultation, so call us today on 1300 795 575.

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What If My Partner’s Name Is on the Mortgage?

Often when a couple buy a home a single income is often not adequate to get approval for the mortgage, so the bank or lender will generally have both of these partners sign up for the credit. Once the house is purchased both names are listed as shared tenants on the homes mortgage and the title deed of the property. Let us say Mick and Susie, who live in regional NSW, bought a home 4 years ago for $400,000 with no deposit so their home loan was also $400,000. Mick is a plumbing contractor and needs to declare bankruptcy but Susie has a great job teaching at a high school and does not need to declare bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the house has not increased in value in the 4 years they have owned it and they also have only managed to pay the interest on the home loan in that time. So ultimately, they still have a $400,000 home loan on a house worth $400,000. Mick can then apply for bankruptcy and as long as they keep covering the mortgage, rates etc, they can continue to keep the house for the 3 years Mick is bankrupt.

This action will, in no way, affect Susie’s credit history rating or require her to declare bankruptcy at the same time. There is plenty to take in when it comes to homes and declaring bankruptcy so if you have concerns about your home, do not hesitate about calling us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on1300 795 575.

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How Is Equity Determined?

This is the most vital part of this procedure. Why? Put simply, if you get it wrong you are going to lose your house. There are a number of things you must understand here. First of all, your gut reaction or assumption about the true worth of your property is probably generous. Most people expect their house is worth far more than it actually is. When you declare bankruptcy the trustee might ask how you determined the price for your home. In some cases they might ask for more detail about your valuation, perhaps a rates notice, a real estate agency’s appraisal or a registered valuation. A useful technique would be to search www.realestate.com.au then click the ‘Sold’ tab on that particular website and look for the latest house sales in your street or neighbourhood. This will help you to get some idea of the value of the market at the moment. Always keep in mind, the valuation is based upon a fast sale not a sophisticated real estate agent’s marketing project. Understanding this step is essential, at Bankruptcy Experts Taree we can give you guidance before moving on, call us on 1300 795 575.

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What Factors Would Contribute to Losing the House?

Equity! If you are up to date with your monthly payments then the most important issue in bankruptcy is equity. If you possess $300,000 equity in your home and you have $100,000 worth of unpaid debt and no other means to pay the debt then the trustee sees your equity as a means to pay your debt and so they will most likely sell off your home to repay the unpaid debt and give you whatever funds remain from the sale.

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Will the Bank Let Me Keep My House Even If I’m a Bankrupt?

Why would the bank want bankrupt clients? Wouldn’t they wish to sell your home and not take the chance on you? Consider this, the bank that has generously provided you the money for your home is making a good monthly income in interest from you, month after month. Provided you keep up to date with your payments then the mortgage lender really wants you in your home at all costs. Having said that, you keeping your home is not the bank’s call. If a trustee decides that there is sufficient equity in your home to liquidate it, they will force you and the bank to sell your home.

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What If I Have Received a Notice From the Tax Office?

One of the most important things to note is that YOU MUST NOT LET A TAX OFFICE NOTICE LAPSE. It will be best to call us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on 1300 795 575 as soon as you receive a tax notice. We can then help you work through the procedures as quickly as possible to get the most favourable outcome for you.

When we have examined your needs, we can create an action plan to help advise to you the best course of action. From this point, you can examine your alternatives and decide on where you go from there.

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Bankruptcy and Employment

Will My Employer
Be Advised?

Usually, there is no good reason for your employer to be informed of your personal bankruptcy. When you make over the income threshold and you are asked to make an income payment, you will organize those payments yourself- it does not go through your workplace.

Will I Lose My Job If I File for Bankruptcy?

When bankrupt there is a difference between presently being employed and making an application for a new position. Rarely will you ever lose your job due to the fact that you have filed for bankruptcy. As an example, it is difficult to get into the Defence Forces as a current bankrupt, but they do not terminate your employment if you become bankrupt when you are already employed by them.

Each professional body has its own rules, and this differs from state to state. Our advice is to speak directly to your industry-specific experts, who will know exactly how your unique situation works in NSW. This is well worth doing before proceeding with your bankruptcy, as it may be a critical factor in your decision. Take a look at the chart below for a list of some professions where seeking further, industry-related guidance is a must. Some industries will not have an issue with your bankruptcy so long as it is all above board. Please feel free to call us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on 1300 795 575 with any questions you have.

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Bankruptcy Income Thresholds

How Much Can I Earn When I’m Bankrupt?

In New South Wales there is no restriction on just how much you can earn when you are bankrupt. Before filing for bankruptcy, however, it is important to consider your salary and make sure bankruptcy is the best option for you before proceeding. Find out just how much you can make before you have to start paying funds to your creditors via your trustee. There are also other things to think about with bankruptcy income such as Child Support, Hardship & Self Employment. If you are stressed over this simply call us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on 1300 795 575.

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Bankruptcy and Income

Every year in March and September the Government audits income threshold figures based upon the current cost of living. This means that the amount of money you are able to make (net income, after tax and child support) while bankrupt is often fluctuating, and your trustee will have to establish your real net income. This real net income figure will depend on a variety of elements such as child support, salary sacrifice, superannuation payments and business expenses.

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What Can My Partner Earn If I Go Bankrupt?


For the most part in NSW, your partner is seen as a completely separate entity in the eyes of the law and will not be affected financially by your bankruptcy. In the case of a joint loan, you should first get further guidance. Call Bankruptcy Experts Taree today for an obligation-free chat on 1300 795 575.

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Who Is Considered a Dependent?

A dependent can be anybody, of any age, who resides with you and earns no more than $3,708 per year. If you have children who do not live with you full-time, and you pay child support for them, you cannot class them as dependents. By the way, Centrelink payments are considered income for your dependents.

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What If My Spouse or Partner and I Both Need to Go Bankrupt?

If, as a couple, you both have to declare bankruptcy and you have no dependents, then you are allowed to earn up to $1,083.01 net each. The same income rules apply to each person individually. If you have kids refer to the income thresholds in the chart above. If you have other concerns call us at Bankruptcy Experts Taree on 1300 795 575.

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