If you suspect that you may be insolvent* (unable to pay your debts), you might be thinking about doing an IVA or going bankrupt. Certainly if you have been defaulting on repayments of unsecured loans and if you have only been able to make minimum payments on your credit cards or store cards, there is a good chance that you are indeed insolvent.
*One definition of insolvency is the ‘inability to repay your debts as and when they fall due’.
Don’t deliberately max out a credit before an IVA
Some people who are insolvent are tempted to use all available credit to the maximum in one last mad splurge of spending before they look to enter into an IVA. They may have generous credit limits on one or more credit cards or store cards and they may have some unused credit available on their overdraft accounts. They might decide that they have nothing to lose by purchasing various goods and services up to their credit limits, a practice sometimes dubbed ‘maxing out credit cards’ and then to ‘look into’ entering an IVA.
If you are in this predicament and are tempted to spend, spend, and spend – don’t do it!
Such behaviour could be deemed fraudulent if done in the certain or even likely knowledge that you will never be in a position to repay the debts in full.
If you do engage in this type of fraudulent behaviour and then offer proposals for an IVA to your creditors, they may well reject your proposal and if you were to petition for bankruptcy, the trustee in bankruptcy could seek to extend your bankruptcy term for up to fifteen years rather than the one year for most bankruptcies.
If you consult with any reputable Insolvency Practitioner or IP and they determine that you are insolvent, they will advise you to stop availing of credit immediately. That means that you stop using your overdraft and all your credit cards and store cards right away.