Bankruptcy Lawyer Brisbane | Personal Insolvency

Drowning in unsettled debt? Managing financial struggles can feel overwhelming, which is why you will need a bankruptcy lawyer in Brisbane. You have a reliable ally in the fight against bankruptcy and personal insolvency: Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors.

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We understand the complexities of bankruptcy and insolvency law. Whether you're facing mounting bills, credit card woes, or loan defaults, our team of bankruptcy lawyers is here to guide you through the maze of options.

Our approach is simple:

  • Free Consultation: The first step towards an improved financial future is understanding your situation. We offer free consultations to listen to your story, assess your circumstances, and explain the full range of legal and financial solutions available.
  • Tailored Expertise: No two debt cases are alike. We tailor our expertise to your unique needs, providing personalised strategies to tackle your specific debt challenges.
  • Swift and Efficient Resolution: Time is of the essence when dealing with debt. We are committed to resolving your concerns quickly and efficiently, minimising the stress and disruption caused by unsettled finances.

Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors are your trusted partners in navigating the complexities of personal insolvency. With our expertise, support, and clear communication, you can overcome debt challenges and pave the way for a brighter financial future.

What is Personal Insolvency?

Personal insolvency refers to a situation where your debts outweigh your assets, making it impossible to pay them back in full. Even though it seems simple enough, proving or contesting insolvency claims can be intricate and often requires expert legal advice.

Moreover, personal insolvency is an umbrella term encompassing three main options for resolution:

  • Bankruptcy: This is the most formal and serious step. A trustee takes control of your assets and distributes them to creditors. While it has negative connotations, it can also offer a clean slate and a fresh financial start.
  • Debt Agreements: These are negotiated arrangements with your creditors, typically involving lower repayments or extended terms. It can be less disruptive than bankruptcy, but requires commitment and discipline.
  • Personal Insolvency Agreements (PIAs): Similar to debt agreements, PIAs involve negotiated repayment plans, but with more flexibility and control for the debtor. It's a relatively new option that has been gaining popularity.

Bankruptcy vs Personal Insolvency

Personal insolvency is a financial status indicating that an individual cannot pay their debts, whereas bankruptcy describes an individual's legal status where a formal process is used to address their insolvency.

In Australia, bankruptcy and personal insolvency are often used interchangeably; however, they differ in formalities, consequences, and potential outcomes.


  • Formal process: Requires a court order and involves the appointment of a trustee who takes control of your assets and distributes them to creditors
  • Strict consequences: Credit reporting for 5 years, limitations on overseas travel, and potential restrictions on holding certain professions
  • Debt relief: Most debts are released at the end of the bankruptcy period (usually 3 years and 1 day)
  • Suitable for: Individuals with significant debts and limited assets, as well as those facing prolonged financial difficulties.

Personal Insolvency

  • Umbrella term: Encompasses various formal and informal methods for dealing with debt outside of bankruptcy
  • Options: Includes debt agreements, personal insolvency agreements (PIAs), and temporary debt protection
  • Flexible approach: Allows for negotiation with creditors and potential retention of some assets
  • Debt reduction: May not offer complete debt relief, but can significantly reduce overall debt burden
  • Suitable for: Individuals with manageable debts who want to avoid the full consequences of bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Personal Insolvency
Definition – Formal process
– Requires a court order
– Involves the appointment of a trustee
– Trustee takes control of your assets and distributes them to creditors
– Umbrella term
– Encompasses various formal and informal methods for dealing with debt outside of bankruptcy.
Resolution Options and Consequences – Strict consequences
– Credit reporting for 5years
– Limitations on overseas travel
– Potential restrictions on holding certain professions
– Permanently listed on the NPII
– Debt agreements
– Personal insolvency agreements (PIAs)
– Temporary debt protection
– Negotiation with creditors
– Potential retention of some assets
Debt Relief Most debts are released at the end of the bankruptcy period (usually 3 years and 1 day). May not offer complete debt relief, but can significantly reduce overall debt burden.
Suitable for – Individuals with significant debts and limited assets
– Individuals facing prolonged financial difficulties
– Individuals with manageable debts
– Individuals wishing to avoid the full consequences of bankruptcy
Likely Causes – Excessive credit use
– Unemployment
– Health problems
– Adverse economic conditions
– Inability to collect debts

Why Choose Us as Your Bankruptcy Lawyers in Brisbane

Why choose us as your bankruptcy lawyers in BrisbaneWhy choose us as your bankruptcy lawyers in Brisbane

Facing bankruptcy can feel overwhelming and isolating. But at Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors, we understand your anxiety, and we are here to be your steady hand through this turbulent time. Here's why choosing us as your Brisbane bankruptcy lawyers makes a difference:

  1. Experienced Lawyers: Our team of seasoned bankruptcy lawyers boasts a wealth of experience guiding individuals through the legal complexities and emotional rollercoasters of bankruptcy and personal insolvency. We've seen it all, and we know how to navigate the system to secure the best possible outcome for you.
  2. Tailored Solutions: Bankruptcy doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to understand your unique situation, your goals, and your concerns. This enables us to craft a personalised strategy that addresses your specific needs, whether it's debt relief, asset protection, or a fresh financial start.
  3. Unwavering Support: We go beyond legal counsel. We're your advocates, your confidants, and your allies on this challenging journey. You'll have access to our dedicated support throughout the process, from initial consultations to final resolutions. We'll be there to answer your questions, address any fears, and ensure you feel empowered and informed every step of the way.

The team at Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors isn't just about legal expertise; we’re about human connection and genuine care. We're committed to helping you navigate the storm of bankruptcy with dignity and confidence. Choose us, and let us help you chart a path towards a brighter financial future.

At Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors, we offer a spectrum of services, including:

  • ASIC Investigations
  • Administrations and Deeds of Company Arrangement
  • Receiverships
  • Liquidations
  • Personal Insolvency Arrangements
  • Restructuring Finances
  • Recovery of Debts via Corporate Insolvency and Bankruptcy Mechanisms
  • Bankruptcy Applications and Guidance

We understand the urgency of addressing bankruptcy matters. Acting early is crucial for individuals facing financial difficulties. Our goal is to provide proactive guidance to minimise personal exposure and manage situations in a timely and appropriate manner.

We represent and provide counsel to creditors on recovering secured and unsecured debts. Our expertise extends to boosting future debt recoveries in Brisbane by setting up effective trade terms and clauses regarding security and payments. We assist creditors during deeds of company arrangement, voluntary administration, and the liquidation process.

We offer strategic advice to both individuals and company directors who are considering restructuring their large or small businesses. Our skills and experience provide a firm foundation for navigating financial difficulties, whether through informal arrangements, negotiations with creditors, or formal processes.

Our team of experts regularly advises insolvency practitioners on various issues that emerge throughout deeds of company arrangement, administrations, liquidations, receiverships, and bankruptcies. To achieve outstanding service and collaborative solutions, we promote trust and long-term relationships.

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At Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors, we are dedicated to finding our clients the best possible way forward. Contact us today to speak with a personal insolvency lawyer and explore the optimal solutions for your unique situation.

Contact Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors Today for a Free Consultation

Ready to take the first step with one of our bankruptcy lawyers in Brisbane? Contact Macmillan Lawyers and Advisors for a free 30-minute consultation:

Phone: 073 518 8030

Email: [email protected]

Visit us at: Level 38, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000


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