When you declare bankruptcy, you will have to pay a fee of £680 (£550 to the Official Receiver and £130 application fee).
If you feel that it is very unlikely that you will ever be able to save up the court fee, there is another option called a Debt Relief Order (DRO) for people with lower debts and lower disposable income. You can read about this in our 'Other Options' section.
There are companies that can provide an assist service for bankruptcy giving you comprehensive advice and support both before and after your bankruptcy as well as completing your application for you. There may be a fee for this which varies but is approximately £350 for a single application or £600 for a couple. This fee covers the completing of your application and support in the preparation for the Official Receiver's meeting, which will happen after you are declared Bankrupt. You can complete the bankruptcy online yourself, but if you are struggling with this then seeking advice from an authorised solution provider is suggested. With your permission Vincent Bond can refer you to such companies.
Important considerations for debtors considering a debt solution:
You give permission to be contacted by an authorised debt solutions provider as you wish to find out if you can apply for a Bankruptcy.
We gather some basic information from you including personal details, details of your creditors and your income and expenditures. This will be forwarded to the debt solutions provider so they can contact you and provide you with regulated debt advice.
The debt solutions provider will then call you and explain fully all of the options you have available including the Bankruptcy. They will also check through the supporting paperwork you provide proving your situation; this would include documents for proof of income, bank statements and proof of identity.
The debt solutions provider will complete the online application on your behalf. You will need to review the application, verify your identity and pay the bankruptcy fee of £655 to the insolvency service. When this is done, the application can be submitted to the adjudicator. It is possible for you to complete the application form online yourself.
Once you have been declared Bankrupt by the Adjudicator, you will then have to meet with the Official Receiver (OR). The OR will study your application forms in more detail. Based on this information, they are responsible for deciding decide how your Bankruptcy will be dealt with:
The Official Receiver will decide the following things:
If you declare bankruptcy and are a homeowner, the title and ownership to your property and your share of any equity in it will pass to the Official Receiver. If your share of the equity in your property is significant the OR will want to realise this either through the sale of the property or the receipt of equivalent funds from a third party.
If you have little or no equity in your property, your home will be valued again in 2 years and 3 months and any equity will be dealt with then. If there is no equity at that point then the property will revert back to you. The OR will have up to 3 years to deal with this.