Category: ‘Bankruptcy Law’

The Surprising Debts Holding Many Americans Back

June 15, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent survey, student loans and credit card bills are not the only debt holding many Americans back.  Credit Sesame, a site consumers can use to check their credit score, analyzed more than 5,000 user accounts and found they had significant amounts of debt from medical expenses, utility bills and cell phone charges.

Consumers whose medical debt had gone into collections had an average of three accounts, with a combined total of $3,670 in collections.  The average balance for customers who had cell phone bills in collections totaled $887 per account.  Customers whose utility bills were in collections owe $368 on average per account, the study concluded.

Not surprisingly, having those bills in collections hurt consumers’ credit scores.  The average credit score for someone whose medical debt is in collections is 552.  Those who have delinquent cell phone accounts have average scores of 550.  And those who have outstanding utility bills have a score of 542.

Lenders see applicants with lower credit scores as riskier than applicants with higher credit scores.  They oftentimes make you pay for this risk by charging a higher interest rate.  A poor credit score can affect your ability to rent an apartment, as landlords often check an applicant’s credit score before allowing you to sign a lease.

Utility companies may require you pay a deposit before setting up your service.  Even certain jobs and employers can discriminate against applicants who have a less than perfect credit report. Certain jobs, particularly those in upper management or the finance industry, require a good credit history.  Note: employers check your credit report and not your credit score.  They are not necessarily checking for bad credit, but for items that could affect your job performance.

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If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

Related Resources:
https://www.thebalance.com/side-effects-of-bad-credit-960383

U.S. Credit Card Debt Expected to Surpass $1 Trillion this Year

June 13, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent report from the Federal Reserve, credit card debt in the United States is $8,038 per household. That is $940.2 billion total- up from $885.4 billion at the same time last year.

This comes after a first-quarter debt reduction when people oftentimes use their end of year bonus to pay down credit card debt in the New Year. While this year’s Q1 payment was 14% higher than the previous year, it is still almost 9% behind the effort in 2015.

WalletHub is predicting an additional $60 billion in new credit card debt in 2017, which would easily push the United States over the $1 trillion mark.

Here are some tips to quickly pay off credit card debt.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

Related Resources:
http://www.wkbw.com/news/national/credit-card-debt-to-surpass-1-trillion-in-2017

2017 Credit Card Debt Study: Trends & Insights

Former ITT Tech Students Promised Help, then Silence

June 12, 2017 Posted by kingcade

It’s been nearly five months since former ITT Technical Institute students received a glimmer of hope that their student loan debt would be forgiven.  Today they are still waiting.

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Jan. 13 that former ITT students — people who graduated or dropped out of the for-profit now defunct college chain long before the Obama administration forced it into bankruptcy — had a chance to get their federal student loans forgiven through a process called borrower defense to repayment.

In a statement, the Education Department said “approvals are beginning” for those students who claimed ITT defrauded them.

That work appears to have stopped altogether. Although the government issued letters to some students promising loan forgiveness within the 120 days, there is no evidence that the Education Department has forgiven loans for any former ITT students since President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

This is just the latest setback for former ITT Tech students who say they were lured in with false promises and left with a mountain of debt (five- and six-figure student loan debt), few marketable skills and limited job prospects.

Several Democratic senators are seeking answers. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Chuck Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts last week sent a letter to DeVos requesting information on borrower defense claims.

The senators are asking the Dept. of Education to provide detailed information regarding loan forgiveness applications and approvals for past students of ITT, along with two other failed for-profit college chains: Corinthian Colleges and American Career Institute.

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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.

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Selected for Inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers 2017

June 8, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been selected to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyer list, in the practice area of consumer bankruptcy. This is the fourth consecutive year Mr. Kingcade has been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list (2014-2017). The prestigious honor is awarded to only five percent of lawyers in the state.

Attorney Kingcade practices exclusively in the field of bankruptcy law, handling Chapter 7 and 13 filings and foreclosure defense cases for the Southern District of Florida.  As an experienced CPA and proven bankruptcy attorney, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of their rights under the bankruptcy laws to restart, rebuild and recover.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, representing the top 5% of Florida lawyers.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Miami-based Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

“Disappearing” Bankruptcies Could Prompt new wave of Home Buying

June 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Approximately 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear from their credit reports over the next five years.  Chapter 7 personal bankruptcies peaked in 2010 during the housing market crash then decreased over the next few years before leveling off in late 2015 – 2016.

The number of Chapter 7 bankruptcies, the most common type of bankruptcy, which involves no repayment plan and in most cases is a complete discharge of debt, increased to nearly 1.14 million, in 2010.

Now seven years later, millions of Americans are seeing these bankruptcies fall off their credit reports, improving their credit scores and allowing them to re-enter the housing market and purchase a home.

Credit scores reached a record high this spring, which we discussed in a recent blog.  This will create even more buyers in an already competitive market.  With home prices continuing to increase as inventory levels drop, experts do not expect it to let up anytime soon.

Hispanic homeownership could also see an increase in the next few years as the President and his administration seek to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which could give lenders more freedom to originate loans outside traditional qualified mortgages.

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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 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.