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Trust Deed Scotland Advice

A Scottish Trust Deed is an official alternative to bankruptcy for Scottish residents. It is a method of debt settlement that enables people to get their heads back above water financially. They are specialist solutions, which have intricacies that you might not be familiar with. For this reason, it is essential to speak to a professional.

An Overview of Scottish Trust Deeds

A Scottish Trust Deed arrangement involves negotiating a set payment each month with unsecured creditors, for fixed time periods -- usually 3 years. A Trust Deed can only include unsecured debts. These debts are not backed by assets and encompass things such as store cards, personal loans, bank overdrafts and credit cards.

Only Insolvency Practitioners have the legal right to set up a Trust Deed Scotland. Normally, these professionals charge anything from £2500.00 to £5000.00 for their services. These services include functioning as the Trust Deed trustee. Each month, this fee will be deducted from the standard payments you make throughout the period of the arrangement.

Creditors accept repayments that are less than what you actually owe them. This consensual agreement states that debtors have to use the disposable income they have (after living expenses), and their assets, to pay creditors back. Also, an income contribution might be necessary over a 3 to 5 year period. For those who cannot repay their debts, this type of debt solution is a viable substitute for bankruptcy. It is published in the newspaper, The Edinburgh Gazette, so credit reference agencies and banks will see it. It is recorded on the Insolvencies Register as well, which is accessible to the public.

How a Scottish Trust Deed Works

Your Insolvency Practitioner will act on your behalf and draw up the proposal. Then, he/she will hold a meeting with your creditors to get them to accept it. During an official meeting, your creditors will vote on whether to accept the proposal. For the arrangement to be accepted, a total number of creditors, that represent over 33% of the value of the debt, have to approve the proposal. Creditors have 5 weeks, after they have received the Trust Deed notice, to offer their objection in writing.

After the arrangement is accepted, it is deemed to be legally binding and protected with all relevant creditors, even the ones who opposed the proposal. Every month, you send the agreed payment to your trustee, who utilizes the cash to pay the appropriate creditors. All covered debt that remains, once the Trust Deed has finished, is declared void and the debt is regarded as fully paid. It is vital to make sure your agreement is 'protected' to prevent creditors from pursuing you in the future.

People who are Eligible for Trust Deed Scotland?

Homeowners, tenants and Scottish residents who live with their parents are eligible for this Scottish debt solution.. They need to be a minimum of £10,000.00 in debt, the debt has to come from a minimum of 2 sources, and they need to have a surplus income. Anyone with County Court Judgements against them is allowed to place a proposal. As borrowing is not part of this agreement, credit searches are not necessary. Married people can enter Trust Deeds, but they should tell their spouse before doing so.

Particular employment contracts forbid incumbents from entering Trust Deeds. Some firms, including financial bodies, might decide not to hire someone with a Trust Deed. Public institutions might have rules that forbid people from carrying out certain roles, if they are involved in this type of arrangement.

Your Scottish Trust Deed Responsibilities

Trust deeds represent an agreement through which you consent to settle debts for a reduced amount. It is your responsibility to pay the agreed amount each month. If you fail to do this, creditors (or the trustee) can pursue legal action against you and make you bankrupt. It is not permissible to take any extra credit and, should you obtain a windfall in excess of £200.00, you have to tell the trustee. You need to cooperate with your trustee throughout the procedure.

If you are a joint, or full, homeowner, you have to transfer the rights of ownership to your trustee. Your property might be used for covering trustee fees, or repaying covered debts. Once you have a protected Trust Deed, you are not allowed to pursue debt arrangement schemes, or apply to be bankrupt. Should your arrangement fall through, you still might not be allowed to enter debt arrangement schemes either.


  • Scottish residents who have unaffordable debt might use Trust Deeds because they allow you to repay a lower quantity of debt
  • They are overseen by the AiB (Accountants in Bankruptcy) governing body so you can rest assured you are in safe hands
  • They are free to set up
  • Once you have a protected Trust Deed, covered creditors cannot pursue legal action against you, and lenders have to accept the balance of the trust fund as payment
  • They are versatile enough to adapt to changing financial situations
  • Most are discharged after 12 months (depending on circumstances)


  • Only Insolvency Practitioners can setup them up
  • Your credit rating is adversely impacted.
  • You might be unable to gain employment or hold office
  • You could lose your home if you fail to keep to the terms
  • The set up process lasts for 6 weeks
  • It will be on public record

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