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How To Use Individual Voluntary Agreements As Part Of Your Debt Consolidation Solution

Aug 18, 2007
In the United Kingdom there's a formal name, IVA, for the agreement between a debtor and a creditor to alter debt conditions, in the U.S. they do not employ the same name, but the idea is basically similar, it's a method for agreeing to settle a remaining debt, usually one that is overdue and which the debtor can not pay.

What is an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA) and how you can work with it as part of your debt consolidation solution.

The United Kingdom has a much more formal structure for such agreements, and they often include Licensed Insolvency Practitioners, the USA doesn't have a recognized profession by this name, however financial advisers, debt counselors some attorneys and others may at times provide a similar task. In the United Kingdom, an IVA is a formal arrangement made through the courts, in the USA it is often nothing more than a signed letter containing the terms of the agreement, nonetheless it should be, at a minimum, put in writing by the creditor, this gives the debtor a legally binding agreement that they may use as a reference and for any legal protection.

The IVA agreement is by no means ideal for either party but, as with any compromise, it's better than a complete loss on either side such agreements include outlining terms for repayment, frequently with the creditor accepting a lower total than the original debt, at times the interest rate is lowered, however sometimes it is not, each agreement is "individual" just as the conditions says. The advantages to the debtor are fairly obvious they gain relief from any legal proceedings such as garnishment of money, home foreclosure, asset seizure etc, there is always psychological benefits, since presumably the arrangement involves conditions the debtor can genuinely meet, once in place, a very unpleasant episode moves into a new period.

However, the creditor benefits as well, the lender won't usually obtain the complete expected total amount, nevertheless such agreements may lengthen the terms of the initial loan, and even at a lower rate of interest may bring in more money in the long term, more often than not, the debtor agrees to repay a good proportion of the original total amount, how much varies, notwithstanding this figures as low as 40% to 50% aren't unknown and 75% is very general.

This doesn't sound like a great deal for a creditor, nonetheless should the debtor demonstrates that the lower amount is really all they can afford and the alternative is the debtor filing bankruptcy or the creditor incurring legal costs to sue, it is often seen as the better available option for everyone. One of the clear rewards to a debtor isn't just a lower amount of debt to repay or even a lowered monthly payment, nonetheless what does not occur maybe the best result, avoiding bankruptcy is a major benefit for you. Bankruptcy, whilst a good number of people could see it as a simple way out, destroys your credit for many years.

As a result of filing bankruptcy, auto loans will be hard to acquire at anything near a good rate, it can be nearly impossible to acquire a home loan for 10 years, credit cards of any kind other than those with ruinous interest rates or those that are just disguised debit cards will be a memory, in today's world this means very restricted online shopping, problems booking airline reservations and a range of other inconveniences.
About the Author
Ian Wilkie is a published author of many Debt Consolidation Services articles and owner of - My Debt Consolidation Solution your one-stop online resource for Debt Consolidation Help.
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