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IVA Pros and Cons

Over the past four decades, IVAs have provided a lifesaving debt relief option for many in the UK – but with any financial solution it’s essential to be aware of what you’re getting into. Educate yourself about this powerful solution and make sure that your finances will benefit from its use!

Making a financial decision can be overwhelming. When it comes to an IVA, the choice should not only reflect your current needs but also consider what impact this may have in both short- and long term situations. While there are advantages such as legal protection that come with using an IVA solution, its effects on credit score must also be taken into account when making your final decision. Weighing out options is always key – from cutting down debt costs through one monthly payment or opting for more direct negotiations – so taking time to research which would best suit you will lead towards finding the ideal resolution for tackling debts head-on!

May not be suitable in all circumstances, fees apply, your credit rating may be affected.

IVA Pros (Advantages)

IVA Cons (Disadvantages)

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Affordable Monthly Payment

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique and strive to provide a plan specific to your circumstances. We will set up an affordable monthly payment, calculated after accounting for all of your essential expenses – leaving you with the perfect balance between repayment and peace-of-mind!

Write off Debt

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) offers a way out of debt that could ultimately result in your creditors agreeing to completely erase the balance owed after five years, provided you continue honouring monthly repayments.

No more Phone Calls

When under an IVA, the responsibility of chasing debts is taken out of your hands – a professional Insolvency Practitioner will step in and handle communications with creditors for you. No longer do you need to worry about pesky phone calls or emails nagging for payment!

Legally protected

Finding relief from debt can be a stressful and complicated process, but an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) gives you the peace of mind that comes with legally-enforced protection. If your creditors don’t meet their obligations, they’ll face serious consequences – ensuring all parties abide by any arrangements made.

No more Interest or Charges

With an IVA, you can put a stop to your debt snowballing, no more worries about high interest rates or additional charges! Put away the stress of mounting debts and focus on regaining financial freedom with this secure plan.

The end is in sight

An IVA offers a straightforward repayment plan for those in need of debt relief. Over the course of five to six years, you can pay back your debts knowing precisely how much will be written off at the end.

We Don’t Hide Fees

No surprises here! With an Individual Voluntary Agreement, you can plan ahead with confidence knowing that all fees are factored into your monthly payment – giving you one less thing to stress about.

Look a little closer at the IVA Cons

Your Credit Report Impact

Completing an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a viable solution to tackling unmanageable debt, but it’s important to be aware that the details of your agreement will remain on your credit report for its duration. This means lenders may view this when conducting credit checks and should be taken into account before making any financial decisions.

No Secured Debts

Unpaid court fines, student loans, mortgages, child maintenance arrears would require special attention when setting up an IVA. All of these obligations must be individually resolved before you can take advantage of this debt management solution.

The Insolvency Register

Your IVA will be on public display for the entire length of your plan via a database known as the Insolvency Register.

Employment Status

For those searching for a career in law or financial services, an IVA may be viewed differently by potential employers. It is important to understand the implications of having such an arrangement so that you can make informed decisions when considering job opportunities and decide if it will have any bearing on your employability prospects.

Taking further Credit

During your Individual Voluntary Arrangement, you will need to stay within a certain credit limit. Any purchase above £500 requires approval from an Insolvency Practitioner before it can be made!

Potential Windfalls

Suddenly coming into a financial windfall while on an Individual Voluntary Arrangement can often be bittersweet; while the money is certainly welcome, it may also have to go towards paying off your already-existing debts.

IVA Costs and Fees Explained

At Advice Debt, we offer complimentary consultations to help you find the best debt solution suited for your needs. An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) could be an effective route – such agreements come with built-in fees which are incorporated into monthly payments; check out our website’s dedicated section on costs and Fees to learn more!

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Advice Debt is here to help you assess and tackle your financial challenges. Our free consultation will evaluate the details of your situation, providing an individualised payment plan tailored just for you!

Take a look at our IVA calculator – it can give insight into what kind of write offs are possible for different levels of payments. Get started today.

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