Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is insolvency?

    Insolvency refers to a financial state where an individual or company is unable to pay their debts as they fall due or when their liabilities exceed their assets.

    Insolvency can happen due to various reasons such as poor financial management, economic downturn, high levels of debt, unexpected events, or a combination of factors. Insolvency is a legal concept, and in the UK, there are laws that govern insolvency proceedings to protect the rights of creditors and debtors.

    There are a number of options available to a company or individual facing insolvency and therefore it is important to speak to a professional and skilled such as Exodus as soon as you start to experience financial difficulties.

  • How does insolvency affect my credit rating?

    Insolvency can have a significant impact on an individual’s credit rating. A credit rating is a measure of an individual’s creditworthiness, and it is used by lenders to assess the risk of lending money to them. The impact of insolvency on an individual’s credit rating can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, but generally, it can affect both your credit score and your credit history.

    Insolvency is likely to have a negative impact on an individual’s credit score, which A lower credit score can make it more difficult to obtain credit in the future or may result in higher interest rates and fees.

    It’s important to note that while insolvency can have a significant impact on an individual’s credit rating, it is not necessarily permanent. With time and responsible financial behaviour, an individual can improve their credit rating and demonstrate their creditworthiness to lenders.

  • What are my options if I am facing insolvency?

    If you are facing insolvency, there are several options available to you depending on your specific situation.

    You may be able to negotiate with your creditors to restructure your debt, lower interest rates, or reduce payments. Be honest and transparent with your creditors about your financial situation, and see if they are willing to work with you to find a solution.

    You can consider debt consolidation to combine multiple debts into a single, more manageable payment. This can make it easier to keep track of your debt and may lower your interest rates.

    Or you can file for formal insolvency proceedings, such as bankruptcy or liquidation.

    Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, and what works best for you will depend on your specific situation. It’s important to carefully consider your options and seek professional advice before making any decisions.

  • What is the difference between liquidation and voluntary administration?

    Liquidation and voluntary administration are both formal insolvency processes that can be used when a company is facing financial difficulties, but they each serve a different purpose.

    Liquidation is a legal process that involves winding up a company’s affairs, selling its assets, and distributing the proceeds to its creditors. This process can be initiated by the company itself or by a court order when the company is unable to pay its debts as they become due. Liquidation is often used as a last resort when a company is insolvent and has no hope of returning to profitability.

    Voluntary administration, on the other hand, is a process that allows a company to restructure its affairs and avoid liquidation. It involves appointing an external administrator to take control of the company and develop a plan to deal with its debts and financial difficulties. The company’s creditors must vote to approve the plan, and if it is accepted, the company can continue to operate and pay off its debts over time.

    The main difference between liquidation and voluntary administration is that liquidation involves winding up the company and distributing its assets to creditors, while voluntary administration allows the company to continue operating and restructure its affairs to avoid liquidation.

  • Can I avoid insolvency if I am facing financial difficulties?

    It may be possible to avoid formal insolvency proceedings if you are facing financial difficulties, depending on the specific circumstances of your situation.

    You should start by taking a close look at your budget and expenses to see if there are any areas where you can cut back. This could include reducing discretionary spending, negotiating bills with service providers, or refinancing high-interest debt.

    It is also important to be upfront and honest with your creditors about your financial situation. You may be able to negotiate a payment plan or settlement that works for both parties.

    You should also consider seeking advice from a an experienced professional such as Exodus, who can help you create a plan to manage your debts, negotiate with creditors, and avoid insolvency.

    The key to avoiding formal insolvency proceedings is to take action early and seek professional advice. Don’t wait until your debts are overwhelming or you are facing legal action. By taking proactive steps to manage your finances, you may be able to avoid insolvency and get back on solid financial ground.

  • What are the consequences of insolvency for company owners?

    When a company becomes insolvent, it can have significant consequences for its owners:

    • If the company is unable to pay its debts, the owners may be personally liable for them depending on the situation. This means that the owners’ personal assets, such as their homes, cars, and savings, may be at risk if the company is unable to pay its creditors.
    • Insolvency can lead to the appointment of a receiver or liquidator, who will take control of the company’s assets and operations. This can result in the owners losing control of their company.
    • Insolvency can damage the owners’ reputation and harm their future prospects. The owners may find it difficult to obtain credit or investment in the future if their previous company has become insolvent.
    • Creditors may take legal action against the owners to recover the money owed to them by the company. This can result in significant legal costs and damages.

    Overall, insolvency can have severe consequences for company owners, both financially and personally. It is essential to seek professional advice if a company is facing financial difficulties to minimize the impact on the owners.

  • Can I keep my personal assets if my business becomes insolvent?

    If your company becomes insolvent, there is a possibility that your personal assets may be at risk. Depending on the legal structure of your company, you may have some level of personal liability for the company’s debts.

    For sole traders or a partnership, there is no legal distinction between the business and the owners, so the owners are personally liable for the company’s debts. In this case, personal assets such as your home, car, and savings could be used to pay off the company’s debts.

    In a limited company, the owners’ liability is limited to the amount of their investment in the company, and their personal assets are generally protected. However, if the owners have given personal guarantees for the company’s debts, their personal assets may be at risk.

    If you are unsure about your personal liability for your company’s debts, speak to our expert team. We can help you understand your legal obligations and advise you on how to protect your personal assets in the event of insolvency.

  • Who can I turn to for help and advice if I am facing insolvency?

    If you are facing insolvency, it is important you speak to an experienced professional, such as Exodus to ensure you are receiving the correct advice for your situation.

    We can help you assess your company’s financial situation and recommend the best course of action and provide guidance on restructuring, liquidation, or other insolvency procedures.

    We can also help you navigate any legal issues that may arise during the insolvency process and assist you in preparing financial statements and other financial reports required during insolvency procedures.

    It’s important to seek professional advice as early as possible if you are facing insolvency. We can help you understand your options and guide you through the insolvency process, minimizing the impact on your business and personal finances.

  • What is the role of an insolvency practitioner in the UK?

    In the UK, an insolvency practitioner (IP) is a licensed professional who specialises in dealing with companies or individuals that are experiencing financial difficulties and are unable to pay their debts. The role of an insolvency practitioner is to act as an independent and impartial third-party to manage and oversee the insolvency process, which can involve liquidation, administration, or bankruptcy.

    The specific duties and responsibilities of an insolvency practitioner can vary depending on the type of insolvency procedure being used. For example, if a company is entering into administration, the IP may be responsible for managing the affairs of the company, negotiating with creditors, and developing a plan for restructuring or selling the business. In a liquidation, the IP would be responsible for selling off the company’s assets to repay creditors.

    In addition to these specific duties, an insolvency practitioner is also responsible for ensuring that the insolvency process is carried out in compliance with relevant laws and regulations. This includes conducting investigations into the financial affairs of the insolvent entity, communicating with creditors and other stakeholders, and filing reports with the appropriate authorities.

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Gabriela Nester

Exodus Insolvency provided me with exceptional service during a very difficult time in my life. Their team of professionals were knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding throughout the entire process. They helped me navigate the complex world of insolvency and made it much less daunting. I would highly recommend Exodus Insolvency to anyone who is struggling with debt and needs help getting back on track.

Dee McCallum

I cannot thank Exodus Insolvency enough for the support they provided me and my business. When I realized I was no longer able to keep up with my debts, I was afraid that my business would go bankrupt and that I would lose everything. However, Exodus Insolvency provided me with expert advice and helped me create a realistic plan to manage my debts. With their help, my business was able to survive, and I am now back on the path to financial stability.

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Exodus Insolvency is a lifesaver! After struggling for years to pay off my debts, I decided to seek professional help. I am so glad that I found Exodus Insolvency. They were able to negotiate with my creditors and come up with a payment plan that worked for me. Their team was professional, friendly, and always available to answer my questions. Thanks to Exodus Insolvency, I am now debt-free and able to enjoy my life without the constant worry of financial stress.

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