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21. What If Someone Is Bankrupting Me; Is There Anything I Should Do?
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What If Someone Is Bankrupting Me; Is There Anything I Should Do?

If someone is attempting to bankrupt you, the first thing you should do is get good advice. Although bankruptcy is the same whether it is voluntarily or enforced, the process is significantly different. If you are pushed into bankruptcy it is an extremely stressful procedure that generally involves the court system. You should try as hard as possible to avoid this situation.

To discover how The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can help you through this, call 1300 795 575

What if someone is bankrupting me; is there anything I should do?
22. What If My Company Has Received a Demand or Wind-Up Notice; Can I Still Go Bankrupt?
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What If My Company Has Received a Demand or Wind-Up Notice; Can I Still Go Bankrupt?

Yes. It is possible to still go bankrupt after receiving a demand or wind up notification. It is however, a difficult process and we suggest you get some expert guidance before declaring bankruptcy. If it is handled incorrectly, it could be a disastrous experience. For a totally free consultation call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575.

What if my company has received a Demand or Wind-Up notice
23. Do I Need to Contact My Creditors?
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Do I Need to Contact My Creditors?

No, you will not need to contact your creditors. This can be a really emotional and stressful experience, so at The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre we do that for you. In fact, we function as a buffer or a midway point in between you and your creditors, so you are not required to notify them of your bankruptcy, we look after all that for you. To find out more about our bankruptcy services call us on 1300 795 575.

24. How Long Does Bankruptcy Last?
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How Long Does Bankruptcy Last?

In Queensland bankruptcy will generally last three years. However, there are situations, if you do not remain compliant during this period, that the bankruptcy can be extended. To find out how The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can help you to remain compliant throughout your bankruptcy phone us on 1300 795 575.

How long does bankruptcy last
25. How Long Does It Take to Declare Bankruptcy?
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How Long Does It Take to Declare Bankruptcy?

In Queensland, it normally takes about two weeks to submit the paperwork and be declared bankrupt. The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can assist you throughout the application process and then support you right through until the conclusion of your bankruptcy. For a totally free initial consultation call us on 1300 795 575.

How long does it take to declare bankruptcy?
26. What If Someone Else Signed for a Loan (Joint loan or guarantor) and I Go Bankrupt; Will They Still Be Liable for the Debt?
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What If Someone Else Signed for a Loan (Joint loan or guarantor) and I Go Bankrupt; Will They Still Be Liable for the Debt?

If somebody goes bankrupt with a joint loan or with a guarantor on a loan, the loan lender is within their rights to pursue the other person on the loan documents for payment. Although the bankrupt is absolved of the debt the sum total of the outstanding money owing on the loan now ends up being the responsibility of the co signatory or guarantor. For more guidance on this call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575.

What if someone else signed for a loan
27. What Happens to a Debt I Failed to Remember at the Time of Becoming Bankrupt?
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What Happens to a Debt I Failed to Remember at the Time of Becoming Bankrupt?

Do not panic! If you overlooked a debt and remember it later on, just call your trustee with the name of the creditor, address, date the debt was incurred, amount of debt, and any account or reference number/s supplied by the lender. Your trustee will add the creditor to your bankruptcy and send a notification to the creditor. This debt should then be cleared as long as it was incurred prior to your bankruptcy. The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can help with more information on bankruptcy procedures so call us on 1300 795 575.

What happens to a debt I failed to remember at the time of becoming bankrupt
28. Do I Have to go to Court If I Go Bankrupt?
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Do I Have to go to Court If I Go Bankrupt?

No, in Queensland you should not need to go to court if you go bankrupt. The bankruptcy process exists to safeguard you from action from your creditors. There can be some exceptions to this so call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre to make sure on 1300 795 575.

Do I have to go to court if I go bankrupt?
29. What If I Have Gambled a Bit of My Income and I Go Bankrupt; Will I Get in Trouble?
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What If I Have Gambled a Bit of My Income and I Go Bankrupt; Will I Get in Trouble?

If you are a gambler, and you lose some of your income, this is generally not a problem, so don’t worry. What the trustee does not like is a gambling inconsistency. For instance, if you have never gambled in your life and all of a sudden you lose $50,000 on the horses, then you might have some explaining to do. If you are unsure give us a call on 1300 795 575.

What if I have gambled a bit of my income and I go bankrupt
30. Can My Bankruptcy Be Done Over the Phone?
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Can My Bankruptcy Be Done Over the Phone?

No matter whether you live on the Gold Coast, in remote Qld or anywhere in Australia, your bankruptcy can be done over the phone. Any documentation that is needed can be managed via post or email. To get the process started pick up your phone and call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575.

Can my bankruptcy be done over the phone
31. What If I’m Living in Another Country; Can I Still File for Bankruptcy?
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What If I’m Living in Another Country; Can I Still File for Bankruptcy?

It is possible to be declared bankrupt in Australia even if you are living overseas. There are, however, some criteria that must be satisfied. Usually, you will need to have a property or business in Australia to make an application for bankruptcy here. This can be quite a challenging process so call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575 to get more information.

What if I’m living in another country; can I still file for bankruptcy?
32. Can I Include My Overseas Debts in My Bankruptcy?
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Can I Include My Overseas Debts in My Bankruptcy?

If you have an overseas debt but are now resident in Queensland, when you declare bankruptcy the overseas debt is simply listed on your bankruptcy paperwork. In many cases, the creditor overseas will wipe out the debt. It is possible and legal for them, however, to reject your application, and if you return to that country you may be subject to their bankruptcy laws. To discover more contact The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575.

Can I include my overseas debts in my bankruptcy
33. How Will the Trustee Know What Assets I Have?
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How Will the Trustee Know What Assets I Have?

There are a few methods the trustee can learn what assets you have but the most effective and easiest method is for you to let them know when the bankruptcy paperwork is done. There is also a government website which has all major assets listed. The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can help you with advice about your assets and bankruptcy, so call us on 1300 795 575.

How will the trustee know what assets I have
34. Can I Keep an Inheritance If I File for Bankruptcy?
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Can I Keep an Inheritance If I File for Bankruptcy?

There are a few methods the trustee can learn what assets you have but the most effective and easiest method is for you to let them know when the bankruptcy paperwork is done. There is also a government website which has all major assets listed. The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre can help you with advice about your assets and bankruptcy, so call us on 1300 795 575.

Can I keep an inheritance if I file for bankruptcy
35. Will I lose my Pension or Workers Compensation payments if I go bankrupt?
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Will I lose my Pension or Workers Compensation payments if I go bankrupt?

If you receive Centrelink payments, Workers Compensation or a pension you will not lose these by going bankrupt. The income thresholds for bankruptcy are the same for everybody so no matter how you get your money you have to earn about $50,000 each year before your income will be affected. To find out more call us on 1300 795 575.

Will I lose my Pension or Workers Compensation payments if I go bankrupt
36. Will I Be Able to Keep My Tax Returns Once I’m Bankrupt?
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Will I Be Able to Keep My Tax Returns Once I’m Bankrupt?

If you owe the ATO tax money prior to going bankrupt, you will not be able to keep any income tax return during the course of the 3 years of bankruptcy. This money will go back to settling your ATO debt. Another reason you may not be able to keep your income tax return is if your net income is over the allowable bankruptcy threshold, this tax return money is then treated as additional income and forfeit towards your debts. In most other cases you should be able to keep your return. For more clarity on this complicated subject call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575.

Will I be able to keep my tax returns once Im bankrupt
37. What About Child Support?
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What About Child Support?

In Queensland, if you have a child support debt bankruptcy will not wipe it out, you will still be required to pay it. Throughout your bankruptcy you will be required to continue paying child support with this money being deducted from your gross earnings. Your net income will consequently become what you have left after you pay your tax and child support. It is very important to remember that if you are receiving child support while bankrupt this will be included in your total income. For clarity on where you stand with Bankruptcy and Child Support call The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 757.

What about child support?
38. Can I Buy Shares and Make Investments While I’m Bankrupt?
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Can I Buy Shares and Make Investments While I’m Bankrupt?

You can buy shares and make financial investments; however, it is quite an involved procedure and not recommended as a good idea. Owning assets while you are bankrupt can be troublesome. Purchasing shares while you are declaring bankruptcy is allowed, but the trustee will take them off you once you are in bankruptcy, as they are deemed an asset. To get advice on bankruptcy matters phone us on 1300 795 575.

Can I buy shares and make investments while I’m bankrupt
39. What Assets Can I Keep If I Go Bankrupt?
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What Assets Can I Keep If I Go Bankrupt?

In Queensland, you can keep pretty much everything when declaring bankruptcy except big things like houses, vehicles, shares, rentals and inheritances. It is in certain cases possible that things like homes and cars may also be able to be saved. Simply give us a call at The Gold Coast Bankruptcy Centre on 1300 795 575 before you make any rash decisions.

What assets can I keep if I go bankrupt?
40. Liquidators Are Not Your Friend?
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Liquidators Are Not Your Friend?

When appointed either voluntarily or under duress, liquidators are not there to support you. The role of the liquidator is to represent the creditors, all their actions once they have control of your business will be to clear debt in any way they can. To find out what your choices are call us on 1300 795 575.

Liquidators Are Not Your Friend
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