Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Truth about Trust Deed

It is important that you understand exactly what a Scottish Trust Deed is when trying to understand what can go wrong. Ignore adverts telling you how easy it is as they can be misguiding.

What is a Trust Deed?

A Trust deed is one form of insolvency, similar but not as severe as bankruptcy (sequestration). It is a big step to take and you should consider it carefully. It may not be ideal for you or it may be exactly right for your circumstances. It should always be treated seriously when you have no other route to repay your debt.
Some “trust deed advisors” have a financial interest in the trust deed going ahead so we always advise going with a charity. They will give the best advice to suit your own personnel needs and not tell you what you want to hear (they must tell you what you need to hear) do not be rushed into signing.

When talking to the debt advisor make sure he explains the “trust deed” correctly some claim they are experts when this is not always the case. Debt advisors at present do not have to hold a professional qualification. Again I express to keep with a charity as you do not want pushy sales people sending you down the wrong path.
The worst problem about getting poor advice is failure to inform the clients of the pit falls. The facts are if you have equity in your home or a car as well as your monthly payments you will need to pay over the value of these assets or they could be sold.

However if you are the owner of a car or a house this does not mean you should not sign a Scottish trust deed. It just means you should understand the full implications in advance; you need to know exactly what it will mean to you in advance. If you do not understand or will be unable to pay do not sign.

You also need to know what will happen if things get any worse or better. If you receive more income you will have to pay some or all of that into your Trust deed. If you win the lottery or inherit you will be required to pay this into your trust deed. If your income reduces or your outgoings go up there is a possibilities they will accept reduced payments, or extended the trust deed.

The best advice when entering a trust deed is to make sure you know all the pros and cons receive knowledgeable advice before signing. Take advice from a registered charity.


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