If a creditor has served a bankruptcy petition upon you, seeking your bankruptcy to secure a debt that is allegedly owed by you, then there are potentially grounds where you can oppose the making of a bankruptcy order.
A bankruptcy petition may be challenged if:
- the debt alleged is genuinely disputed on substantial grounds; or
- the debtor has a genuine right of set-off against the creditor.
Can I oppose a bankruptcy petition?
- the debt alleged in the demand to be owing is genuinely disputed on substantial grounds by the debtor. If the debt is disputed, the petition will likely be dismissed by the court;
- however, unsuccessful arguments presented in an attempt to set aside a statutory demand cannot be reheard by the Court at the bankruptcy petition hearing;
- the Court can also dismiss the petition if it is satisfied that the debtor is able to pay all the debts to the creditor; or
- the company has a genuine right of set-off against the creditor which exceeds the amount claimed in the demand.
What is the procedure to oppose a bankruptcy petition?
The procedure to oppose a bankruptcy petition is to file a witness statement in opposition in court not less than five business days before the date of the hearing of the petition (rule 4.18(1), Insolvency Rules). A copy of the evidence must also be sent to the petitioning creditor as soon as reasonably practicable (rule 4.18(2), Insolvency Rules).
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It is very important that you seek legal advice as soon as a bankruptcy petition is served upon you. To reduce failure risk, it is advised that you instruct specialist bankruptcy petition lawyers. Generally many solicitors are unfamiliar with the Insolvency Rules and the minutiae of the bankruptcy process, we are experts in dealing with matters surrounding individual insolvency.
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