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    • london1973
    • By london1973 18th Oct 16, 8:37 AM
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    What does discharge actually mean?
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    • 18th Oct 16, 8:37 AM
    What does discharge actually mean? 18th Oct 16 at 8:37 AM
    Hi,

    I was reading Stillinamess's post this morning and it left me rather confused as to what discharge specifically means, so without wanting to hijack that thread I'll ask separately

    I thought it was the point that the OR was satisfied the BR could be returned to decent society, as it were, and all loose ends were tied up, and you were, therefore, discharged from all of you qualifying debts, I.e debt-free from that point - I.e the period of the bankruptcy was to sort all of your debts, creditors and assets, and when all done, you are free to go (discharged) - it appears from the previous thread though that although discharged the saga continues with HMRC still an active creditor

    Can someone explain, thanks in advance
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    • dojoman
    • By dojoman 18th Oct 16, 9:03 AM
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    It means exactly what it says on the tin. The case you refer to looks like a complicated one. If it is a personal BR as long as you cooperate with the OR then you will receive automatic discharge after 12 months. All unsecured debts prior to your BR will be now settled, secured debts are not included. If you have a property and there is enough equity in it, the OR will look to sell the house, they have 3 years from the date of your BR to do this, it is not a case of the HRMC being an active creditor. Mine was very straight forward and I was discharged after 12 months.

    Hope this helps
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    • london1973
    • By london1973 18th Oct 16, 12:55 PM
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    ok thanks, so you can be discharged, and technically owe nothing, but the creditors can still recoup from the liquidation of assets-so in this sense the debts are still 'live'
    possible i'm overthinking this!
    • alltaken
    • By alltaken 18th Oct 16, 9:41 PM
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    All unsecured debts prior to your BR will be now settled, unsecured debts are not included.
    Originally posted by dojoman
    Did you mean 'Secured debts are not included'? It is how I read this.
    • dojoman
    • By dojoman 19th Oct 16, 7:51 AM
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    • 19th Oct 16, 7:51 AM
    Did you mean 'Secured debts are not included'? It is how I read this.
    Originally posted by alltaken
    Oops, yes I did, thanks for that, I have edited it
    B&SC No. 298
    Life`s Tragedy is that we get OLD too soon
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    • dojoman
    • By dojoman 19th Oct 16, 7:55 AM
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    ok thanks, so you can be discharged, and technically owe nothing, but the creditors can still recoup from the liquidation of assets-so in this sense the debts are still 'live'
    possible i'm overthinking this!
    Originally posted by london1973
    No the debts are not live as you put it, you are overthinking it. If you have a equity in your home then it is at risk if you go BR, not all the money would go to your creditors, the OR would take some for its costs. Any unsecured debt as stated, is dead once you are declared BR. If you are going BR, talk to one of the debt charities, it maybe be easier to understand talking to someone in person.
    B&SC No. 298
    Life`s Tragedy is that we get OLD too soon
    and WISE too late!
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