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Posted - 13 February 2014 :  18:04:50  Show Profile  Visit Glenn.08's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What is the cost of declaring bankruptcy, i am claiming benefits

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Posted - 13 February 2014 :  18:07:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Glenn.08

What is the cost of declaring bankruptcy, i am claiming benefits

If you’ve got a low income or receive benefits, you may be exempt from paying the court fee so you can go bankrupt for £525 in England and Wales or £532 in Northern Ireland.


IMO they do very little to nothing for that money. Based on my own experience.
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Posted - 13 February 2014 :  23:15:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Glen,

As pcoventry has posted, the court fee is £700 but you may only have to pay £525 if on certain benefits.

Please make sure you take advice on all your options.

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Posted - 13 February 2014 :  23:51:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure if Viki would agree with this but I was told when I decided to go BR to just stop paying my creditors and use that money to get the £700 together as once you are granted insolvency it doesn't matter anyway.. what's the worse they can do, mark your file? They can't enforce anything once the Judge has said so.

I know you are on benefits but not sure what your other circumstances are regarding payments you may currently make.
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Posted - 14 February 2014 :  08:07:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A lot of people stop paying to get the money together. However, as Viki says, advice should be taken about all options available. You should contact an expert - the initial advice is free.

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Posted - 14 February 2014 :  09:27:45  Show Profile  Visit Blackie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Glenn.08
Of course the other people who have responded to this message are correct in that it would still cost £525 to make yourself bankrupt.
I certainly concur with pcoventry2 about stopping paying your creditors to save some money for your bankruptcy. The Official Receiver could rap you over the knuckles for this but it is highly unlikely because, after all, the bankruptcy fees are paying his costs!

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