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Insolvency Advice from Lanyon Bowdler

It’s tempting to bury your head in the sand, but if you have mounting debts it’s vital to take action - and there are lots of things you can do to improve your money situation.

Pay particular attention to your main priority bills - mortgage or rent, utility bills and council tax - and pay those first. But if you don’t have the available funds to pay on time, consider these options:

  • Contact your utility providers (gas, electricity and water) to ask if they offer any schemes to help householders who are having payment difficulties - many do
  • If you receive benefits, such as income support, pension credit or income-based job seeker’s allowance, you may be able to have amounts deducted from your benefit and paid directly to your gas and electricity provider (gas and electricity). This demonstrates your willingness to pay off your debts and may prevent you from being disconnected
  • If you receive state benefits, contact your benefits office to find out what options are available, such as a crisis loan

For any other unsecured debts, there are various options available to you:

  • Speak to your creditor to ask if they would consider a lower payment. Most will be open to this if you can demonstrate that you are unable to pay the full amount
  • Apply to your local County Court for an administration order (this is subject to certain conditions)
  • If you are facing serious financial difficulty then it’s worth seeking advice on whether or not you should apply for bankruptcy

Mortgage Debt Advice

Like any debt, if you are behind in your mortgage payments it's extremely important to deal with the problem as soon as possible. Contact your mortgage lender and talk them through your current circumstances. Remember that lenders will only turn to repossession as a last resort and may well be open to considering repayment holidays or extending the type of your mortgage or the length of its term.

If possession proceedings have already been issued and you feel like you are at a real risk of losing your home, your local council’s housing needs department may be able to help find you somewhere else to live.

If you live in Shropshire, click here https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/joint-strategic-needs-assessment/vulnerable-people/homelessness/

If you live in Telford & Wrekin, click here http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/1010/housing/22/homelessness

If you live in Herefordshire, click here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-advice

The personal debt and insolvency solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler are warm, friendly and accessible, and can offer expert legal advice to help you with any debt or insolvency issues. Our lawyers and debt advisers work with clients throughout the UK.

We offer a wide range of pricing options, including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.

Testimonials

The team were easy to talk to and explained everything clearly

- Mr Price, Hereford

Competence and detailed legal knowledge.

- Mr S Martin & Mrs R Martin, Shrewsbury

Straight forward and relevant advice relating to Wills

- Mr & Mrs Walton, Shrewsbury

Listened well, advised well.

- Gower House Ltd, Newport

Very patient - my own records weren't the best.

- Mr J Pearson, Oswestry

Quotes

As a Welsh speaker, I attach great importance to being able to communicate in Welsh with my solicitor - as I can with him.

- Mr H Jones & R Jones, Llanrhystud

Very personable solicitor who spoke in plain English and was approachable.

- Mr J Hughes, Church Stretton

A very good service - it simplified the appeal process for me considerably which went very smoothly.

- Mr P Griffiths, Telford

Staff are most helpful and understanding

- Mrs Edwards, Oswestry

They simplified the appeal process for me considerably

- Mr Griffiths

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