Archive for: ‘December 2010’

Debt Relief Companies Bending the New FTC Rules

December 30, 2010 Posted by kingcade

Debt settlement companies do not have the best reputations. Horror stories of consumers paying thousands of dollars while receiving no benefit from these companies run rampant. Still, progress was made in September, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposing new regulations on debt relief and consolidation companies. These rules sought to protect vulnerable consumers looking to avoid bankruptcy and relieve their mounting credit card debt.

Essentially, the rules prohibited debt settlement companies from misleading consumers through advertisements that made outlandish claims through telemarketing, such as touting the ability to drastically cut or eliminate debts. Another important rule bans these companies from charging any upfront fees. Therefore, they are unable to collect any money before they have negotiated debts on behalf of the consumers.

If you have any questions on this topic or are in need of a financial fresh start, please contact our experienced team of bankruptcy and foreclosure defense attorneys at (305) 285-9100. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Novice Florida Lawyers Draw Suspicion in Foreclosure Crisis- Know the Importance of Hiring an Experienced Attorney when Facing Foreclosure

December 30, 2010 Posted by kingcade

Today, more than 260 attorneys work at four of Florida’s largest foreclosure firms, and 48 percent of them have been practicing law for less than three years, according to Florida Bar records. With the recent allegations pertaining to forged foreclosure documents, fraudulent notarizations and questionable affidavits submitted in tens of thousands of foreclosure cases, these novice lawyers are now under a cloud of suspicion. Some may face Florida Bar investigations that could end their careers, while homeowner advocates wonder whether the foreclosure crisis would have reached its state of disorder if it weren’t for legions of novice lawyers doing the legwork.

As Florida’s overwhelmed court system sorts through the foreclosure chaos, many of the attorneys who worked for the now deposed Stern law firm and others like it have been hired at other large companies doing foreclosure work in the state. In sworn statements taken by the state attorney general’s office, two former Stern employees — a paralegal and a legal assistant — attest to wrongdoing at the firm that included hiding problem files from federal auditors, forging signatures and making up documents as staff struggled to keep up with a mounting volume of foreclosures. Lack of experience could have led young lawyers to follow their employer’s lead, unaware they may be committing an offense.

Hiring an experienced foreclosure attorney is an invaluable asset for those in danger of losing their homes. The skills, knowledge and experience the attorneys at Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. possess go toward helping clients get the results they are seeking. 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.
To read more on this story, please visit:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-foreclosure-novice-lawyers 20101227,0,2092736.story?page=1

If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact foreclosure defense attorney, Timothy Kingcade at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Florida Foreclosures Drop 42 Percent

December 27, 2010 Posted by kingcade

The State of Florida experienced a 42 percent drop in foreclosure activity for the month of November. As promising as this might sound, the decrease was expected and does not signal an improvement for the housing market. Rather, the plummet is attributed to the cessation of foreclosures by some major banks after allegations of robo-signing.

However, according to a RealtyTrac report from last week, an expected seasonal dip also contributed to the decrease. However, this dip is temporary, and the foreclosure numbers are expected to rise for the first quarter of 2011. Still, the robo-signing controversy played the most substantial role in the foreclosure decrease.

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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

The Federal Reserve Proposes to Eliminate the Primary Protection Homeowners currently have to Avoid Foreclosure and Abusive Home Loans

December 15, 2010 Posted by kingcade

As Americans continue to lose their homes in what’s been referred to as the worst foreclosure crisis since the Great Depression, the Federal Reserve has come up with a proposal making it even more difficult for homeowners to keep their homes and escape predatory home loans. The Fed’s propose to amend the Truth in Lending Act, a 42-year-old provision that since 1968, has given homeowners the right to cancel, or rescind, illegal loans for up to three years.

Attorneys at AARP have used the rescission clause for decades to protect older homeowners stuck in predatory loans with costly terms. In recent years, the Truth in Lending Act has helped struggling homeowners fight a wave of foreclosure cases in which faulty and sometimes-fraudulent disclosures were used. This provision has also been an effective tool in making sure creditors follow the rules and are transparent about the true cost of loans.
Dozens of groups have opposed the new measure, including the National Consumer Law Center, the NAACP and the Service Employees International Union, saying the proposal is “bad medicine at the wrong time.”

To read more about this story and learn more about the proposed changes, please visit:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/05/1958249/fed-wants-to-strip-a-key-protection.html

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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Top Lenders Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bank of America Stop Foreclosure Evictions during the Holidays

December 15, 2010 Posted by kingcade

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they will halt foreclosure evictions December 20-January 3. For Fannie Mae, the move will not include a stop on court proceedings involving foreclosures, but will at least allow people to stay in their homes through the holidays. Bank of America and Freddie Mac have offered the same courtesy, allowing a greater measure of certainty to families this holiday season.

To read more about this story, please visit:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/02/1953426/top-lenders-to-stop-foreclosure.html

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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.