Archive for: ‘July 2012’

Bankruptcy Filings Dramatically Decline in 2012

July 13, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The International News Agency, Reuters, has reported that U.S. bankruptcy filings for both consumers and businesses have dropped 14% during the first half of 2012 and are on track to reach the lowest rate since before the start of the recession in 2008.

According to statistics from Eqic Systems Inc., consumers filing for bankruptcy have fallen 13% from the first half of 2011 and businesses filing for bankruptcy have taken a 22% decline. Samuel Gerdano of the American Bankruptcy Institute attributes the decline of bankruptcy filings to new, lower interest rates. Others have attributed the decline in bankruptcy filings to the high fees charged by the courts and attorneys.

While bankruptcy filings are at a low point, several large companies have made headlines this year by filing for bankruptcy such as, Eastman Kodak Co., textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Inc., and Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-bankruptcy-stats-declinebre8640ub-20120705,0,6184420.story

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.

South Florida’s Bankruptcy Filings Fall for the Third Month in a Row

July 10, 2012 Posted by kingcade

After a major surge in bankruptcy filings earlier this year, May was the third month in a row where South Florida experienced yet another decrease in bankruptcy filings. The U.S. District Court of Miami released a statement saying that during the month of May bankruptcy filings dropped 2.75 percent from April filings in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties combined. In Broward County, 732 consumers filed for bankruptcy, in Palm Beach County 412 filed and in Miami-Dade 1,293 filed.

Bankruptcy and foreclosure trends tend to go hand in hand. Therefore, foreclosure cases in South Florida have also decreased over the past three months. From March to April this year, foreclosure cases were down approximately 15 percent in Palm Beach County, down 36 percent from a year ago. Foreclosure cases were down 31 percent from March to April in Broward County. In April, there was some speculation from attorneys that bankruptcy filings were down due to consumers waiting for new qualification factors beginning May 1st. The new qualifications include a change on income limits that would make filing for bankruptcy easier for financially distressed consumers.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-bankruptcies-may-20120602,0,1862683.story

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.