Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs – Choices, Choice, Choices

When it comes down to Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs, there are a number of choices that we get given depending upon who we are, who we talk to, and exactly what has gone wrong. The most common confusion I see with Going Bankrupt is when it comes to choosing between Debt Consolidation, Personal Insolvency Agreements, and Bankruptcy itself.

Should I consolidate my debts?

When it comes to Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs, a lot of the related information you receive on this topic will reflect the interests of the advice giver. Therefore, if you call a debt consolidation provider, I can promise you they will tell you to consolidate your debts. The debt consolidation operation is a multi-billion dollar industry making money in one very simple way: charging you a fee for helping you wrap all of your credit card and personal loans into one neat and tidy package.

I hate to tell you this but these guys aren’t doing it free of charge. Please do not misunderstand me: if you consider your financial problems in Alice Springs can possibly be fixed by paying less interest, then go ahead and check out the options. Even a tiny amount of interest saved over years easily adds up.

Normally I find if you are reading this blog you’ve most likely attempted to consolidate your debts already and come to the following realisations like these:

  • Your credit rating is not good, and your credit file already has defaults on it so not a single person will give you a loan, consolidated or otherwise,.
  • By the time you work it all out, you’re so far down a hole that saving on a small amount of interest just won’t make a great deal of difference,.
  • You’ve very likely gotten to the stage where you’ve had enough, you’re mentally burnt out, you can’t go on yet another day ignoring blocked calls on your phone, ignoring the demands in the mail etc.

Personal Insolvency Agreements

So when it comes down to Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs, what’s the big difference between a Debt Agreement and a Personal Insolvency Agreement?

Adaptability is the main thing Personal Insolvency Agreements (PIA) have in their favour. They’re also administered by a registered and – may I add – regulated trustee featuring the government trustee ITSA, and not a private company that advertises on TV. Ultimately this process is similar to Debt Agreements (DA): The trustee holds a meeting with the people you owe money to and these guys work out a deal in your place. You can offer a lump sum settlement figure or take part in a payment plan, or maybe you can offer them assets instead of cash. This can sound okay when it comes to the complications with Going Bankrupt – that is until you discover that one of the difficulties with PIA’s is that 75 % of the people you owe money to must agree on the deal. If they do not, your proposal is rejected or will have to be renegotiated.

Generally the people you owe money want all their money back plus interest. Sometimes they’ll go for less than the amount you owe them – it’s normally a percentage of the debt– but let me stress this aspect: because of all the variables involved in the negotiation process to put together a PIA its difficult to put a figure on what the people you owe money to will truly settle for.

In many cases you’ll have to pay back 100 % of the debt owed. This is not just because your creditors are greedy or have a mean streak, it’s because the administrators take 20 % of whatever is agreed upon with the people you owe money to. That applies whether you use a private company for this process or ITSA, the government body setup to administer to these PIAs.

When it comes to Going Bankrupt and insolvency I’ve heard of creditors settling for less 80 % on rare occasions, but that usually only occurs with a public company entering into receivership owing huge sums of money (the kind that makes the news). If you are were owed $10million and you know the people who owe you the money have a team of clever lawyers and some very clever frameworks in place and they offer 5 % of the debt, you might take it and be grateful. Sadly, ordinary punters like you and me in Alice Springs aren’t going to get that lucky!

If you would like to find out more about what to do, where to turn and what questions to ask about Going Bankrupt, then feel free to contact Bankruptcy Experts Alice Springs on 1300 795 575, or visit our website: bankruptcyexpertsAliceSprings.com.au.


Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs – Are you going to get bitten?


When people in Alice Springs ask me about Going Bankrupt, I let them know the classic Native American Fable of the little boy and the Rattlesnake. An old rattlesnake asks a passing young boy to carry him to the mountain top to view one last sunset before he dies. The boy was hesitant, but the rattlesnake pledged not to bite him in exchange for the ride. They journeyed together only for the snake to in the end bites the boy despite his promise not to do so. The snake’s reply was ‘You knew what I was when you picked me up.’

Getting the right financial advice in Alice Springs when it concerns Going Bankrupt is a lot like that little boy’s experience, laden with risk and danger, and usually skewed for the benefit of the individual providing the advice. In most cases you’ll get bitten unless you know what you’ve picked up long before you move forward (avoid the rattlesnakes). I discovered the problem with receiving financial advice as a teenager, and it has been fundamental to Going Bankrupt. I’d been working hard for a few years, and saved up a little bit of money I wanted to invest. It was the early 1980s so interest rates were rather high and investing your money was very profitable. I spent a few years researching different investment options, and I went to visit a few financial advisors. It was transparent that they had more money than I did: they had great suits and plush offices; they all seemed to exude confidence and have all the solutions. What struck me was that they all had an extremely different strategy of what I should do. This confused me a lot that it put me off the entire idea of choosing any of them.

I’m sure currently you have read enough on the internet to be totally mixed up about Going Bankrupt and precisely what to do. It would undoubtedly be easier for me to help you learn about the nature of the financial snakes you may be picking up while you are trying to get to the bottom of your financial concerns in Alice Springs. Basically, you need to try and recognize what your overarching alternatives are, do your very own research into where to proceed with your strategy for Going Bankrupt, and then approach just what you feel is best in Alice Springs for your requirements. Essentially, you have 3 options for whom to turn to.

The first option is a Solicitor – This may appear like the go-to solution when you appear to be in trouble. But certainly there is only just so much support they can give on this matter. There are absolutely specialist legal advisors in bankruptcy, but their experience includes a hefty price.

Another solution you may think about is your accountant – they are incredibly useful and vital to the process of operating your business, but for the most part, when you are thinking of Going Bankrupt, your accountant won’t be much help to you anymore.

Your best option? A Financial Counsellor that can talk about debt consolidation, personal insolvency agreements, and pretty much all you should know when it comes to Going Bankrupt.

If you would like to learn more about what to do, where to turn and what questions to ask about Going Bankrupt, then feel free to consult with Bankruptcy Experts Alice Springs on 1300 795 575, or visit our website: WWW.bankruptcyexpertsAliceSprings.com.au.

Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs – Changes that help Small Business and Entrepreneurs

^2A61F079CF438EADF65425CDC6F8840F667C9DBFBEEEFD2E0F^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrDo you have an idea of just how much Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs is changing? The Australian Government at the end of 2015 set forth some progressive changes to the Bankruptcy Laws in Australia. One of the most significant of these is the length of time that a person is bankrupt for. At this time, there is a minimum amount of time that you must remain bankrupt, having said that, this 3 year period may very well be reduced to just 12 months. So if you are inquiring about Bankruptcy, this news may be quite important to you.

Mark Carnegie in the Financial Review on the 7th December 2015 suggested that “the proposed changes to ease the burden of bankruptcy laws didn’t go far enough and the government should adopt US-style laws to protect the family home”.

These changes to the issue of Going Bankrupt will take 18 months to implement. Mr Carnegie, went on to say in the Financial Review that shielding family assets was very important because “banks just terrorise small business and the mental health consequences to society are enormous”.

The problem is Australia’s bankruptcy laws prevented investors from supporting start-ups, and therefore mentoring had been “driven out of the system”.

“They naturally find it very intimidating themselves personally and with their assets at risk in a risky early-stage deal, but with their own money in the deal and a lightened-up provision I think we ‘d probably see more willingness. It could be more important than the money.”.

Fraudulent Behavior

The controversy about this Going Bankrupt issue in Alice Springs that some come up with is that this shift will only push fraudulent behavior opening pandora’s box in a manner of speaking for the unscrupulous to misuse of the bankruptcy system. We have looked at the minimum, but on the other side of the issue, The government is not proposing to change the maximum term of 8 years if it deems a bankrupt has performed in an unethical or fraudulent way, and there are no proposals to change the outcomes of misrepresenting yourself or financial position when filing for bankruptcy in Australia.

As a bankruptcy professional in Alice Springs, I have a fair share of knowledge when it comes to Going Bankrupt. And having dealt with thousands of bankruptcy cases in Alice Springs I have never come across someone abusing the system or acting in an immoral way as to exploit the insolvency laws in Australia. When it comes to Going Bankrupt, every week I help a small business owner or entrepreneur suffer through the very formidable task of bankruptcy, not once have I thought they are happy about it. The normal small business owner or entrepreneur in Alice Springs does not start out taking enormous financial risks with the intention to fail. The media loves citing the apparent misuse that will be rampant if these changes occur, what a joke!

A Win for Small Business

These recommended changes will be good for often the best and brightest in Alice Springs not get tossed out of the game financially for financial decisions often outside of their control. Most small business owners I help with Going Bankrupt, are hardworking, tax paying, companies keeping this country going.

There really is a fine line with exactly what the government is trying to do here, because they are aiming to balance helping people who have made decisions out of their control, and preventing people from making errors that land them in trouble and as a result an issue of Going Bankrupt. However you also don’t want to get rid of the experience and knowledge that business owners have. You absolutely don’t want to smash people simply because they have had an honest failure in a large or small start-up enterprise that has not panned out.

At the big end of town large well-known companies have long been criticised for their failure to innovate – lets face it they would be more likely to do so if the risks of bankruptcy were lowered because directors are worried they’ll be personally responsible in an insolvency arrangement if the new venture doesn’t work out.

The government’s suggested ‘safe haven’ modifications for directors of companies will allow Australia to more fully explore and innovate, which will make big updates for Going Bankrupt. I cannot imagine, that these revisions will be detrimental to Australia’s economy, indeed these bankruptcy laws will save the tax payer in all areas of health – Especially in the mental health sector because the emotional cost of bankruptcy is extensive. When it comes to Going Bankrupt in Alice Springs not a day goes by where I don’t find out the tragic stories of relationship failures, thoughts of suicide and the list goes on.

Going Bankrupt helps save lives, and it could save yours. If you need some assistance with your debts in Alice Springs or are just thinking about Going Bankrupt, don’t hesitate to phone us here at Bankruptcy Experts Alice Springs on 1300 795 575, or visit our website: http://www.bankruptcyexpertsalicesprings.com.au