It is easy to get into debt but remember there is always help available. The sooner you address your debt problem the easier it will be to sort it out.

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Julie Zhou

Barrister

Introduction to debt

Last updated

1 July 2020

A debt occurs when one person (the debtor) owes money to another (the creditor). People can get into debt in any number of ways; they receive regular demands for payment of accounts for such things as electricity, doctors’ fees, loans and credit cards.

If you, as a debtor, receive an account, then ask:

  1. Do you owe the creditor the money? 
  2. Is there any reason why you shouldn’t pay the debt? 
  3. Can you afford to pay the debt? 
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