What is voluntary bankruptcy? - Debt Advice Foundation

What is voluntary bankruptcy?


Voluntary Bankruptcy is where you petition for your own Bankruptcy, as opposed to one of your creditors taking action against you, perhaps against your wishes.

If you wish to petition for your own bankruptcy then you will be liable for paying the court fees yourself, which are currently £680 (see how do I go about declaring Bankruptcy).

We would always recommend speaking to an advisor before petitioning for your own Bankruptcy so can be confident that you’ve considered all of the alternatives and that you’re making the right decision.

You can read more about Bankruptcy and whether it is suitable for your situation in our Bankruptcy section.

Debt Advice Foundation is a registered UK charity offering free, confidential support and advice on any aspect of debt, including Bankruptcy. If you need to talk to someone about voluntary Bankruptcy or would like to discuss the alternatives, please call to speak to an adviser.

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