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Personal bankruptcy

If you cannot afford the payments to your creditors or your assets are worth less than your total debts, you are likely to be insolvent. Bankruptcy may be a suitable option for you. Get debt advice about the advantages and disadvantages of all your options before deciding which option to take.

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Your budget

  • Don't forget that you need to work out a budget before you tackle your debt problems.
  • After you have worked out your income and outgoings you will be able to see how much you have left over.
  • If you do not have enough spare income to pay your creditors, a personal insolvency option could be suitable for you.


  • Bankruptcy is a way of ending your liability for debts you cannot pay.
  • Business debts can be included if you are personally liable for them. It will normally mean that your business will close.
  • Any assets you own may be sold to raise money to pay your creditors.
  • There are advantages and disadvantages to bankruptcy that you need to consider carefully.

Business insolvency

  • Personal insolvency options deal with any personal debts you cannot afford to pay.
  • If you have business debts that you cannot pay, you may need to use a business insolvency option.
  • Business insolvency options can have very different consequences for you and your business.