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“DFH Financial Solutions (a trading name of Bridgewater Support Solutions Ltd,company number 07556890) is part of a group of companies established in 2006 which specialise in consumer financial solutions and have extensive experience in the field of commercial debt management. Read more...

  

 

  

Our Fees

We strive to find you the most appropriate debt advice. Our fees depend on your personal circumstances and the debt solution entered into.

Individual Voluntary Arrangement Fees

There are two types of fees within an IVA: a Nominee’s fee and a Supervisor’s fee.

Nominee’s fee
Before an IVA is presented to creditors, the insolvency practitioner acts as your Nominee and is required to arrange a report and to determine whether the IVA has a realistic chance of success.
The Nominee’s fee covers this initial work, including:

  • Drafting the IVA proposal – background of your finances and the proposed terms of the IVA
  • Arranging the creditors’ meeting

Supervisor’s fees
As soon as your IVA is accepted the IP then becomes your Supervisor. The IP will supervise and maintain your IVA throughout its term (usually 5 years).

The Supervisor’s fee covers this ongoing work, including;

  • Completing annual reviews of your IVA
  • Providing reports to creditors
  • Distributing dividend payments to creditors
  • Addressing any major issues that arise: if your financial circumstances change, for example as a result of maternity leave, your IP may arrange an IVA variation (a legally binding change to the terms of your IVA, designed to help you bring your IVA to a successful close).

Payment of fees

All IVA providers charge fees in line with an agreed scale set by creditors. Fees are taken from the monthly payment you make towards your IVA. No additional fees are taken. Fees depend on the amount you owe and how much you can afford to pay during the IVA. Your IVA proposal will detail the exact amount of fees being charged by the IP.

The following example shows typical fees and payments in an IVA:

Nominees fee £1,275
Supervisors fee £2,475
Expenses £290
VAT £656
Typical monthly payment £300
Total paid by individual £18,000
Amount owing at the start of the IVA £31,000
Net paid by creditors £13,304 (43%)
Amount written off at the end of the IVA £17,696 (57%)

*Example based on a typical client – with unsecured debts of around £31,000, who has no equity in any property and completes a 5-year IVA.

Note: It’s essential that you keep up with your monthly payments to your IVA – if you don’t, your IVA may fail, which means you will be liable for the outstanding balance and any costs already incurred.

IVA’s do offer some flexibility. If you run into any difficulty while your IVA is in progress, you should contact your Supervisor immediately. The IP can request changes to payment plans and call further creditor’s meetings to gain approval of variations to the proposal if needed.

Debt Management Plan Fees

“Initial Setup Charge” This is a setup charge of up to £198 normally divided equally over the initial 6 payments. This will never exceed 50% of your monthly payment. This charge will cover:

  • Agreeing a personal monthly budget with you and creating an income and expenditure statement.
  • Calculating your reduced Monthly Payment; negotiating with each of your Creditors to agree to the reduced Monthly Repayments and requesting that they freeze interest and charges where possible.
  • Administration and preparation of your Debt Management Plan.
  • Setting up of Monthly Repayments schedule with each of the Creditors.
  • Distributing Monthly Repayments to each of your Creditors.

“Monthly Management Charge” This is a set amount of £23.50 per month plus £4.50 per debt (£100 maximum).This charge is made on distribution to creditors starting from month one. This will never exceed 50% of your monthly payment.and covers:

  • Distributing Monthly Repayments to each of your Creditors.
  • Support and advice regarding any Creditor correspondence i.e. emails, phone calls, letters, and advice on what Creditors can or cannot do.
  • Fully trained paralegal team on hand, specialising in managing pre-court legal issues.
  • Conducting annual reviews to make sure you are happy with the plan and ensuring any Creditors agreements remain in place.
  • Conducting reviews if you have a change in circumstance and ensuring that the Monthly Payment is affordable to you.

 

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