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Swamping debt that you are not able to pay is very dangerous for your health and wellbeing. It causes stress which can build over time to cause health, relationship, work, and socialisation problems.

Bankruptcy provides a reset. It removes overwhelming business and personal debt by isolating this debt into what’s called a bankrupt estate. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed to administer the bankrupt estate.

With your unresolvable debt gone, you have the opportunity for a fresh start.

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Bankruptcy gives you your life back


Below are answers to essential questions on how bankruptcy works:

# Your household effects and bankruptcy

Your normal household effects are protected. Appreciating items like antiques and art are not protected. For more information here.

# Superannuation and bankruptcy

Funds that have been legally accumulated over time are protected for your retirement. For more information here.

# Your bank account and bankruptcy

You maintain control of your bank account. For more information here.

# Your passport and bankruptcy

With Nicholls & Co you keep your passport. For more information here.

# Your credit record and bankruptcy

Bankruptcy will be noted on your credit record for the period of your bankruptcy plus two years. For more information here.

# Cars and bankruptcy

You can keep your personal transport. There are some conditions, for more information here.

# Cash at bank and bankruptcy

With Nicholls & Co you can retain $2,000 as cash at bank when you become bankrupt. For more information here.

# Your home and bankruptcy

You can remain living in your home. For information on options regarding the family home here.

# Credit Cards and bankruptcy

During bankruptcy you can operate a Debit Card but not a Credit Card. For more information here.

# Overseas travel and bankruptcy

You can holiday and work overseas whilst bankrupt. You do need your trustee’s written consent, but you would have to of done something very wrong for the trustee to be prevented from authorising your travel. For more information here.

# Your income and bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is designed to make sure you have enough money to live, but the amount will depend on your family situation. For more information here.

# Your future and bankruptcy

Bankruptcy removes most if not all your debt. For information on how you can create your future we recommend the following articles:

  • New Beginnings here and
  • Taking control of your future here.

If you would like to know more about bankruptcy, and how your life will work once you become bankrupt, call Nicholls & Co on 1300 060 122 or email

Alan Nicholls - Registered Trustee

Alan Nicholls’ no obligation help desk

Nicholls & Co provide a free, no obligation ‘help desk’ for people considering bankruptcy – we discuss and explain bankruptcy and answer questions for anyone who is considering bankruptcy. The Nicholls & Co help desk can be accessed by phone  
1300 060 122  or . Alan Nicholls, Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy is also available to answer your questions to enable you to decide if bankruptcy is right for you.