Official Trust Deed Scotland®
Do something about your debt today, so you can stop worrying about ittomorrow.
Trust Deed Scotland® have helped over 25,000 Scottish residents use regulated, formal debt solutions including Trust Deeds, to reduce their monthly payments and even write off a significant amount of their unaffordable debt*.
Council Tax Arrears
Total Owed £18,800
(TOTAL CONTRACTUAL REPAYMENTS)
(TOTAL CONTRACTUAL REPAYMENTS)
* Subject to creditor acceptance. Payment subject to individual circumstances. Credit rating may be affected
How does a Protected Trust Deed work?
The qualifying criteria to enter into a Protected Trust Deed is as follows:
- You currently live in or have lived in Scotland within the last 12 months, or have a place of business in Scotland.
- You have unsecured debts of £5,000 or more.
- You can pay a contribution from income and/or have assets that will enable a return to be made to creditors.
- You are insolvent i.e. you are unable to pay your debts as they fall due and/or your liabilities are greater than your assets.
If you qualify and decide that the Protected Trust Deed is the right solution for you, then you will sign all the relevant paperwork and your Trustee will attempt to have the Trust Deed protected.
By obtaining protected status, this means that your creditors cannot take legal action against you for recovery of their debts.
To achieve protected status, the Trustee must not receive objections from a majority in number of creditors or from any creditor(s) owed more than one third in value of the total debt.
Once protected, the Trustee’s main duty is to collect your income contributions, realise your assets and make the agreed payment to your creditors. Your agreed contribution is subject to review at least annually, or at any time if you experience a change in circumstances.
At the end of the agreed payment period (normally 48 months), your Trustee will make the final payment to your creditors and process your discharge. Once discharged, your remaining debts are legally written off and your Protected Trust Deed is complete!
HARPER MCDERMOTT is helping thousands of Scottish people achieve freedom from the burden of debt with Protected Trust Deeds and DAS Scotland.
Advantages of a Protected Trust Deed
- You are protected from legal action from creditors
- One, affordable monthly payment, allowing for all general living expenses & household bills
- Creditor contact will stop – your Trustee will liaise with your creditors, taking away the pressure of constant phone calls and distressing mail
- Interest, fees and charges are frozen from the date your Protected Trust Deed is signed
- A Protected Trust Deed does not involve court proceedings
- If you are facing legal action, need help quickly and have chosen a Trust Deed as your debt solution then the Trust Deed can be signed immediately
- An earnings arrestment will cease to have effect on protection of the Trust Deed
- After successfully completing a Trust Deed, you will be discharged from all remaining debts and the balances will be written off.
Disadvantages of a Protected Trust Deed
- Your credit rating may be adversely affected
- Creditors may object to the Trust Deed proposal in sufficient number or value, causing it to fail to achieve protected status
- Granting a Trust Deed may result in you being refused credit, before or after your discharge is granted
- You may not be able to act as a Director of a limited company, unless the company’s articles of association allow you to do so
- Student loans are not discharged in a Trust Deed (or a Bankruptcy)
- Equity in your property and/or other assets that you own may have to be realised for the benefit of your creditors, subject to value and your individual circumstances, do no hesitate to take advice if you have assets that you would like to protect
- Your Protected Trust Deed will be registered on the Register of Insolvencies, a publicly available online register of all insolvencies in Scotland
- Employment or future employment prospects may be affected by entering into a Trust Deed
- In a Trust Deed, the Trustee has claim on assets acquired for a period of 4 years from the date of signing the Trust Deed e.g. inheritance
Find out more
Contact an experienced debt adviser at Harper McDermott to find out more about Debt Help in Scotland available to you.
We are here to help you decide the best course of action to suit your individual needs and support you every step of the way. If you would like a fresh start, get in touch today on 01412210999.