Iva Settlement: Calming the Financial Tornado

By: Christian Phelps

IVA settlement, introduced in 1986, is a legally binding agreement between you and your creditors. It allows you to settle a proportion of you debt by paying a lump sum amount. The amount may be from your relative or remortgaging your asset. An equity release scheme is possible for retired persons. Creditors also agree to this if it can be demonstrated to them that it is better than declaring bankruptcy.


In a proposal is send to the creditors first. Before this the proposal is lodged into court and the creditors receive the same copy. If you have any asset, an interim order from the court stops any action by the creditors for your asset. The creditors have to take permission from the court to do so according to the IVA settlement.


A meeting of creditors is held with your insolvency practitioners to convince them. It is their choice to accept or reject the proposal. It is insolvency practitioner's duty to make such a proposal which shows genuine desire of paying back maximum amount of your debt. If they agree with your practitioners, all the charges on your unsecured debt will be frozen. At the end of the agreement the remaining debt is cancelled. Instead of paying monthly payments for 5 years, a lump sum amount is paid and the debt is settled legally.


It is good for creditors as they get a lump sum amount of money instead of waiting a long time to get all those money back. Insolvency practitioners of IVA settlement can be easily found in the directories, phone books and internet.

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