Debt forgiveness

The forgiveness of a debt is the voluntary abandonment by a creditor of their right to demand payment of the receivable by the debtor.

By proposing the debts forgiveness, the creditor releases the debtor from their repayment obligation. The debt may be written off either in whole or in part.

Debt forgiveness should not be confused with debt forgiveness with release, as the former requires the agreement of both parties, whereas release only requires the will of the creditor.

Updated 04/06/2018

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