Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Signed into Law in New Jersey

December 7, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law this week that will eliminate student loan debt in the event of death and total disability, and allow for deferment of payments and interest accumulation for those who are temporarily disabled.

The change comes after an investigation into the case of a mother who was forced to continue paying her son’s student loans after his senseless murder.  It brought to light New Jersey’s punitive lending practices.  The bill’s sponsors in the lower house called its success a victory for students and parental co-signers who could have been left with insurmountable debt after a tragedy.

The primary sponsor of the bill, State Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, made the following statement:

“Imagine you’re a family who always pays their bills, has good credit and then you lose a child and in the midst of your grief, you’re saddled with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in their remaining student loan debt,” Mazzeo wrote.  “That’s just something we can’t allow to happen on our watch.”

Fellow sponsor Andrew Zwicker also praised the change.

“To expect a student’s family or other survivors to pay their college loan debt in the event of their death is cruel and unacceptable.  We can do better than that,” Zwicker wrote.

New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) will now be obligated to forgive those debts.  In cases of permanent or temporary disability, borrowers will have to provide a written statement from their physician attesting to their condition.

Unlike other states, New Jersey does not allow for payments to be adjusted by income and charges higher interest rates than similar federal programs. The state can also garnish a borrower’s wages for non-payment and revoke professional licenses without court approval.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Delinquencies on the Rise for Subprime Auto Loans

December 6, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Subprime auto loans are back in a big way, and according to recent data have climbed to the highest level in a decade, with large increases in loans to borrowers with credit scores below 660.  The number of subprime auto loans becoming delinquent has climbed to the highest level since 2010 in the third quarter and is following a pattern similar to the months leading up to the 2007-2009 recession, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

New auto loans to borrowers with credit scores below 660 have nearly tripled since the end of 2009.  In 2016, approximately $50 billion of new auto loans per quarter have gone to those borrowers thus far.  About $30 billion each quarter has gone to borrowers with credit scores below 620.

The increasing delinquency of subprime auto loans is concerning because it comes as the overall economy is on the mend and the employment rate is improving.  The credit quality of other types of loans has improved.

Delinquency rates declined in the quarter for mortgages, student loans and credit cards.  The number of individuals with a new foreclosure notation on their credit reports hit the lowest level in 18 years of data.

The increase in auto loans, particularly the subprime sector, has raised alarms among some regulators in Washington. The rate at which auto loans for borrowers with credit scores below 620 has climbed for 10 consecutive quarters, especially on loans made to those with the lowest or subprime credit scores.

Lenders know that subprime borrowers are more likely to default and become delinquent on their loans and charge them higher interest rates.  The mistake during the financial crisis was that while the lenders expected higher defaults among subprime loans, they failed to anticipate just how high it would rise.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

For-Profit College Debt Strikers Plead with Obama to Discharge their Loans before Trump’s Inauguration

December 5, 2016 Posted by kingcade

More than 1,000 students (calling themselves the Debt Collective) from for-profit schools are protesting, claiming their colleges used manipulative financial tactics while providing them with a subpar education.

They released a statement and video on Monday, pleading with President Obama to discharge their student loans before President-elect Trump’s inauguration.  The Debt Collective claims that the Obama Administration has yet to provide the relief it promised.  One former Corinthian student said she had $32,000 of student loan debt and was unemployed, despite having applied to about 300 jobs in the criminal justice field.  She said she had either received no response or had been told she did not qualify.

The Department of Education refunds federal loans to students enrolled in the last 120 days before a college closes in what is called a closed school discharge.  ITT Tech closed its doors in September.  But students who left the school before that 120-day time frame or who graduated but still feel they were defrauded by their college must instead file a “borrower’s defense to repayment” claim.

The Obama Administration had planned to resolve back-logged relief claims from Corinthian and ITT Tech students by the spring of 2017, but will likely now be under additional pressure to speed resolution of the claims.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Steven Mnuchin’s Bank Foreclosed on Elderly Woman who owed 27 cents

December 2, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Reports this week reveal that Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin’s bank foreclosed on a 90-year-old Florida woman who owed just 27 cents.  The practices of OneWest Bank have come under scrutiny since the President-elect announced the onetime Goldman Sachs banker as his pick on Wednesday.  More than 36,000 foreclosures followed Mnuchin and partners’ purchase of failed bank IndyMac in 2009.

An 86-year-old California man has also come forward and claimed OneWest refused to modify the home equity loan on the longtime home he shared with his wife, even though they qualified three times for a government-backed modification.  The bank sold the couple’s home of 50 years in 2011.

Numerous other outcries similar to these drew more than 100 sign-waving and chanting protestors to Mnuchin’s $26 million mansion in Bel Air.

A Florida woman found herself facing a foreclosure by OneWest in 2014 after confusion about payments on her reverse mortgage, according to court papers.  She sent a check for $423 in response to a bill for $423.30, the documents showed.

The OneWest subsidiary responded by billing the Lakeland resident for $0.30, but she mistakenly sent a check back for only $0.03.  The foreclosure in Polk County Circuit Court is now being challenged by a nonprofit firm.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Bankrupt Student Can Discharge Debt because it “Technically” Was Not a Loan

December 1, 2016 Posted by kingcade

A financial agreement between a student and an educational institution is not considered a student loan and as a result in the bankruptcy case ( D’Youville Coll. v. Tucker (In re Tucker), the borrower was able to discharge her debt.

Judge Michael J. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York concluded that because the debt was not “an education benefit overpayment or a loan,” the exception to discharge under Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(8)(A)(ii) does not apply.

The financial agreement entered into between both parties was “no more than an agreement to pay for tuition, fees and other registration costs (whatever they turn out to be), at some unspecified future time, and not for an ‘educational benefit overpayment or loan’ as contemplated in §523(a)(8)(A)(i), the court said.

This case is similar to two other recent cases in the Western District of New York, with the exception that in this one, there was no promissory note signed by the debtor.

Exceptions to discharge under the Bankruptcy Code are construed narrowly and a creditor must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that its claim falls within one of those exceptions.

The court sided with the borrower in this case because it did not find a specific amount due in the financial agreement. The agreement contained a monthly interest provision and indicated that an adjustment would be made for financial aid received at a later time.

The financial agreement between the parties was “nothing more than a running account,” the court said.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.