A Brief Summary Of The IVA Approval Process

The IVA Approval Process

Summary Of The IVA Process

In many instances, the best strategy for resolving debt is to establish a plan around the debtor’s current assets and income, rather than trying to maintain the current payment arrangements, which are only forcing the debtor into greater financial trouble through payments that are unfulfilled.  The IVA approval process is a number of sequential events that are necessary for establishing an individual voluntary arrangement or IVA.  Governed and also defined by the Insolvency Act 1986, the IVA process and all related intentions and individuals will have to be legally binding, accepted by creditors and sufficiently feasible for adherence by the debtor.

The IVA Approval Process

There is not one approval process for an IVA as there are several distinct stages of approval that must be passed.  The Insolvency Act 1986 defines these.  These are all sequential steps and termination at any stage will essentially terminate all other steps that follow.

Approval Process For The Debtor’s Statement Of Affairs

The initial stage of an IVA process is when the debtor’s financial advisor, who may be an IP or insolvency practioner, reviews all of the information that has been presented by the debtor as part of the Statement of Affairs draft.  This draft is a comprehensive report of the debtor’s total liabilities, assets and income and will include all other factors that are relevant to his or her present financial standing.  This draft can pass if this information is proven true and reveals a situation in which the debtor cannot feasibly get of debt without having to file bankruptcy to do so, over the next five years.  The adviser for the debtor will need to supply him or her with any debt options that are suited to the current financial crisis.

The Approval Process For IVA Proposals

If the debtor chooses the individual voluntary arrangement as being the most reasonable way to eliminate debt, it will be necessary for this individual to draft a proposal.  This proposal will need to list information for the debtor’s financial circumstances, much the same as it was listed in the Statement of Affairs draft, as well as the names of creditors, the amounts that different creditors are owed and a plan on how the debt might be paid off.  Acting as nominees, insolvency practitioners are required to assess these proposals once they are completed by debtors in order to determine whether they are reasonable and they can then submit IVA applications to the related local courts and the Insolvency Service.  When an IVA is approved, IPs can request that the court, on behalf of debtors, will restrain all legal actions from creditors, against debtors.

The IVA Approval Process For Creditors

The overall intention of establishing an IVA is to create a plan that is acceptable for both creditors and the people who owe them.  Throughout these processes, creditors must know of the intention of having an IVA established.  Getting these entities to consent on the IVA, makes it necessary for them to be directly involved and to place votes, whether they do so personally or through the use of a lawyer or agent, in a creditors meeting.  IVA plans are only approved and effective if 75% of the creditors in debt value, have accepted them.  After these have passed, they will go into affect and impact all creditors and debts, whether or not all creditors have voted affirmatively.

During the time that has been stipulated, debtors must make all of the arranged payments in order for their debts to be cleared.  IPs, working in the capacity of supervisors, will oversee the fulfillment of these deals by creditors (ceasing all future actions against consumers once they have IVAs effective) and debtors (in terms of making the specified payments).  Also, IPs will have to report all changes in the circumstances of debtors to the IS, the courts and to creditors, so that plans can be appropriately altered.

How The IVA Can Be Terminated

The Insolvency Act calls for IVA terminations for various reasons.  Among these reasons are the total payment of debts before the specified time, wrong or inaccurate info supplied by the debtor and circumstances that are impossible to reverse such as incapacitation, insanity, job loss, lost assets and death among others. An IP must oversee the IVA process throughout each one of its many phases.  Debtors have to show that they have adequate goodwill and the financial ability to resolve debts by using the plan and must also submit this same info to an IP.  This process can be discontinued by the insolvency practitioner, any time this professionals identifies evidence of foul play on the part of the debtor.

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