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How Can You Get Up To 70% Of Your Debt Written Off?

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How Can You Get Up To 70% Of Your Debt Written Off?

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Good question, lots of people struggling with unmanageable debt in Ireland are now getting debt write off deals with up to 70% write off.


If you are struggling to pay your mortgage, loans or credit cards then you maybe eligible for a debt write off solution.


You need to be insolvent to be eligible for one of these solutions, insolvency means that you are unable to pay your debts as they fall due. For example, if your wages are now a lot less than before and you are now finding it difficult to pay your monthly credit card, loan payments or mortgage payment then you might be eligible for a debt settlement solution.


The Personal Insolvency Act 2012 introduced new debt settlement solutions to help Irish people deal with unmanageable debt so they have a fresh start by becoming debt free.


Here is some more information on these debt write solutions and their benefits:


Debt Relief Notice: A debt settlement solution to clear less than €35,000 of qualifying debt


The Debt Relief Notice process enables eligible insolvent debtors to write off their debts where they can prove they are not in a position to repay them and it is unlikely their financial situation will improve in the next 3 years.


The purpose of this solution is to give relief to people who are in debt and have little or no disposable income or assets which they could use to repay what they owe.


A Debt Relief Notice is a formal arrangement that will enable certain people to write off their unsecured debts altogether. If you cannot keep up with your debt repayments because your income is too low this option could be worth considering.


Debt Relief Notices are set up with the assistance of an approved intermediary such as the Money Advice and Budgeting Service. To be eligible for this debt settlement solution the qualifying debts you owe must not exceed €35,000.


What are the benefits of this debt solution?

– Your debts will be written off after 3 years

– No longer be under pressure to make payments that you cannot afford

– Creditors named in your DRN cannot take any legal or debt collection action against you

– becoming debt free



Debt Settlement Arrangement: A debt settlement solution for more than €20,000 of unsecured debt.


A Debt Settlement Arrangement is a formal agreement between you and your creditors where you repay a percentage of your debt in affordable monthly repayments, and your creditors agree to write off any outstanding debt once your final payment is made.


If you have unsecured debt such as credit cards, loans and overdrafts and are insolvent then a Debt Settlement Arrangement could be the right solution to help your clear your debts. A Debt Settlement Arrangement is an agreed settlement of your unsecured debts with affordable payments over a period of 5 years. (The limit of 5 years can increase to 6 years in some situations).


When the Debt Settlement Arrangement is completed successfully, the debts that it covers will be fully discharged and you will be solvent again. There are certain unsecured debts that cannot be included in a Debt Settlement Arrangement, also secured debts such as Mortgages cannot be included in a DSA. There is no limit on the total amount of debt that can be covered.


You must contact a Personal Insolvency Practitioner to apply for a Debt Settlement Arrangement.


What are the benefits of this debt solution?

–  Up to 70% of your debt could legally be written off by your creditors

–  Affordable debt repayments that are based on your living costs

–  No more calls or letters from your creditors

–  Debt free after 5 – 6 Years

–  Interest and Charges Frozen



Personal Insolvency Arrangement: A debt settlement solution for up to €3 million of secured and unsecured debt.


A Personal Insolvency Arrangement allows you to settle and/or restructure your debts over a period 6 years.


A Personal Insolvency Arrangement is a debt solution brought in by the Government to deal with secured debt (mortgages and secured loans) and unsecured debt (credit cards, loans and overdrafts)


If you are struggling to pay your secured and unsecured debt, a Personal Insolvency Arrangement could be the right solution for you.


A Personal Insolvency Arrangement must be put forward by a Personal Insolvency Practitioner and if approved at a creditor’s meeting by a qualified majority of creditors your unsecured debts will be settled over a period of up to 6 years and you will be released from those unsecured debts at the end of that period.


With the help of a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, you can apply for a Protective Certificate while the Personal Insolvency Arrangement is being prepared. This prevents creditors from taking any action while the Personal Insolvency Arrangement is being drafted.


What are the benefits of this debt solution?

–  Up to 70% of your debt could legally be written off by your creditors

– Protection for your family home

– Mortgage Debt could be written down to a more affordable amount

– Debt free after 6 – 7 years

– Your creditors cannot take any legal or debt collection action against you

– Mortgage and debt repayments are reduced to an affordable amount



Bankruptcy: A debt settlement solution to clear debts over €20,000


Bankruptcy is a solution to clear all your debts if you have little or no money available to repay your creditors.


Bankruptcy is a high court process for people who owe over €20,000. Before you consider applying for bankruptcy you must have explored the alternative solutions to bankruptcy which include a Debt Settlement Arrangement, Personal Insolvency Arrangement and Debt Relief Notice.


Unsecured and secured debt such as mortgages for family homes or buy to let properties, business loans and credit card loans can be included in your bankruptcy.


Once bankruptcy has been declared, any surplus assets you have are evenly shared amongst your creditors. Once you have received your discharge from your official receiver then your unsecured debts are usually written off (subject to some limitations).


You may be able to agree a schedule of mortgage payments with the bank and the Official Assignee to enable you to stay in your home and pay off your mortgage.


There have been some major changes to the bankruptcy bill recently, under the new rules the bankruptcy term has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year and bankrupt applicants can regain financial ownership of their home after 3 years, if the home is transferred to a spouse or a relative in the meantime.


The recent changes to the bankruptcy bill finally brings Ireland in line with bankruptcy terms in Northern Ireland and the UK.  The Insolvency Service of Ireland have also reduced the cost of going bankrupt to make it an affordable option.


A Personal Insolvency Practitioner can help you identify the best solution for you. Personal Insolvency Practitioners are part of a network of qualified professional advisors regulated by the Insolvency Service of Ireland.


We can arrange a Free appointment for you with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner, just request a call back from us today!


What are the benefits of this debt solution?

–  Debt that you cannot afford to pay is written off

–  Bankruptcy can be a fresh start

–  Debt free after 1 Year

–  This will clear any overwhelming debts

–  Stops creditor action


There are lots of debt solutions now available, so if you are struggling with your debt repayments, try not to worry, but do not ignore your problem it’s vital to take action now and take control of your finances.


If you would like Free Debt Advice then let us arrange a FREE appointment for you with a Debt Advisor or Personal Insolvency Practitioner who will be happy to see if you are eligible to have your debts written off.



Rory McGonnell

Founder of Bright Day Finance

Personal finance expert and blogger who has an interest in money saving ideas.



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