Archive for: ‘July 2012’

Baseball Legend Lenny Dykstra Faces 20 Years in Jail for Bankruptcy Fraud Charges

July 25, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering on July 13, 2012. The former All-Star could be facing up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $750,000 if convicted.

Dykstra filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after claiming his assets were worth only $50,000, while he owed more than $31 million on his home. Prosecutors claim that after Dykstra filed for bankruptcy he proceeded to sell or destroy items such as baseball memorabilia worth more than $400,000.

U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson asked Dykstra if he was guilty of the crimes and Dykstra answered, “Yes, your honor.” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said he hoped Dykstra’s story will be a warning to other sports figures who try to ‘manipulate and exploit’ the law.

To read more on this story: http://timesleader.com/stories/Baseball-great-pleads-guilty-to-bankruptcy-fraud,175733

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Recent Law School Graduates are facing an Increase in Student Loan Debt and a Decrease in Jobs

July 25, 2012 Posted by kingcade

A study conducted by William Henderson of Indiana University Maurer School of Law showed that in 2011 only 55 percent of law school graduates were working in law-related jobs, nine months after graduation. Last year 43,735 students graduated with a law degree, of which 28 percent were either unemployed or underemployed after graduation.

Many law school graduates have experienced trouble finding work in the legal field since 2004, before the housing market crashed and the recession hit. The demand for new lawyers added up to only half of the number of those who passed bar exams in 2009.

The issue involving the over-abundance of law school graduates having difficulty finding jobs in their field is not expected to change, even if the economic state of the United States is healed. Many companies are outsourcing legal needs to countries such as India that have ‘smarter’ software. A number of American clients believe countries with such software have a more efficient process. Deans from colleges and universities are openly acknowledging that legal education is experiencing an ‘existential crisis.’

The economic problems extend much further than students finding law-related jobs. Many former law students are now facing problems paying back their student loans due to ‘high-priced degrees.’ Law students are settling for lower paying jobs for which they are over-qualified for, and as a result, many are defaulting on their student loan payments.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/an-existential-crisis-for-law-schools.html?_r=3&ref=opinion

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Errors on Consumers Credit Reports- More Common than You Think

July 23, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Consumers are struggling to keep their credit scores up in this economy, and it appears the credit reporting agencies are not making it any easier. The three major credit agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion produce billions of credit reports per year and of this mass amount of reports, an estimated 25 percent contain errors. The errors can be as minor as an incorrect name or birth date.

Consumers are filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, but changes to the system are slow to come. The complaints are citing a breach of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The large amount of errors on consumers’ credit reports is especially troubling, as these are not only accessed by companies issuing credit cards, but also by banks, employers, insurers and many others.

The credit agencies reportedly hired a number of foreign workers to produce credit reports and pay them as little as $0.57 per hour. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been made aware of this issue and is expected to take major steps in addressing the problem sometime this month. It is likely that lawsuits will be filed against some of the credit agencies due to this problem. Consumers are urged to keep a close eye on their credit reports and to report any errors to the Federal Trade Commission.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Student Loan Defaults Increase Nationwide

July 19, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The Sun-Sentinel reported that across the nation, former students are defaulting on their federally backed student loans at rapid rates. In return, the government is filing lawsuits against former students who default on these loans. The report also stated that more than 4,300 lawsuits were filed across the country against former students who defaulted on their loans in 2011. South Florida reported that 183 lawsuits were filed against residents in 2011 that were unable to make their student loan payments.

Across the state, federal statistics reflect that more than 19,000 residents have defaulted on their student loan payments in the past two years; approximately 1.7 percent more than the national average of those who began repayment in 2009. The number of lawsuits and defaulted loans are expected to continue climbing due to unemployment rates.

Many former students struggling financially are choosing to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy to relieve some of their debt. Although student loan debts are non-dischargeable through bankruptcy, this is a primary way for former students to avoid a lawsuit.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Thousands at Risk to Lose Retirement Benefits from American Airlines

July 13, 2012 Posted by kingcade

American Airlines and its parent company recently filed a lawsuit against the Committee of Retired Employees to stop providing health care and life insurance benefits to current retirees. The airline is currently paying 40,000 retirees life insurance and health care benefits and wants the bankruptcy judge to rule that it can end the benefits as a way to cut costs in “sound business judgment.” American Airlines reported that during 2010 paying retirement benefits cost them a reportedly $1.26 billion.

American Airlines and its’ parent company AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection on November 29, 2011, after its reported $10 billion losses since 2001. The company is taking steps to restructure, such as layoffs and pay cuts, and ultimately hopes to save $1 billion through these efforts.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.startribune.com/business/161620245.html

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.