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5 Steps to Rebuilding your Life after Bankruptcy

March 29, 2013 Posted by kingcade

It can be overwhelming trying to re-build your credit score, finances and emotional well being after filing for bankruptcy. However, it is important to realize that there is life after bankruptcy. In fact, if you strategize and take the necessary steps, bankruptcy protection can be extremely rewarding. Your life after bankruptcy depends on your recovery process. See below the five steps you can take to recover quickly from bankruptcy.

1. Let go of the guilt and shame. In 2010, there were 1.53 million personal bankruptcy filings; therefore, you must realize that you are not alone. Millions of Americans are battling the after effects of the Great Recession, just as you are. Rather than beating yourself up with shame and guilt, make peace with yourself, knowing that you made the best decision for your family and your finances.

2. Reflect and Regroup. One of the best things you can do to recover from bankruptcy is to reflect on where your financial situation went wrong. Whether it was something you did or something beyond your control, such as losing your job, finding the cause of your bankruptcy can help you move forward and prevent financial problems in the future.

3. Create a Budget and Pay Your Existing Bills on Time. After you have filed for bankruptcy protection, you must create and stick to a budget. Your budget will help you manage your money and help you avoid racking up more debt. Within your budget, you should create an emergency fund. This fund will help you if something comes up in the future. You should also set up automatic payment for your current bills, so that you can build your credit score and avoid delinquent bills.

4. Pick a Credit Card that will help you Rebuild your Credit Score. You may be wary of any kind of debt such as credit card debt; however, applying for a credit card can be the key strategy to rebuilding your credit score after bankruptcy. The best cards for bankruptcy filers to apply for are secured credit cards. These credit cards allow you to deposit money into a bank account, which becomes the amount you can spend on your credit card.
5. Educate Yourself on Bankruptcy. There are many myths and misconceptions about bankruptcy. For example, it is widely believed that bankruptcy will keep you from getting a mortgage for ten years. In reality, many bankruptcy filers are able to get a mortgage just two years after filing for bankruptcy. Myths such as these can deter those who really need it from filing for bankruptcy.

Click here to read more about the steps you can take to rebuild your life after bankruptcy.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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.

Bankruptcy Dispute Results in $6 Million Settlement for Florida Businessman

March 28, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A jury in the U.S. District Court in Miami recently awarded a Miami businessman $6 million after finding that U.S. Bank acted in bad faith when they forced Maury Rosenberg into involuntary bankruptcy. The settlement included $5 million in punitive damages, which is the largest amount awarded in history for such a case. Rosenberg claimed that U.S. Bank, the no. 5 bank in the country, was using involuntary bankruptcy as a collection tool. Federal law prohibits banks from such actions. U.S. Bank has refused to back down, after losing two appeals and bankruptcy petitions were tossed out. Rosenberg said the process has since ruined his life.

U.S. Bank claims that it has done nothing wrong and that all of its actions were legal while pursuing Rosenberg for his debts. The bank disagrees with the verdict and plans to file post-trial motions and possibly an appeal. The bank is also pursuing Rosenberg for breach of contract in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania for $4.9 million on a personal guaranty. Rosenberg claimed he approached the bank in 2008 to restructure his debts but was unable to get the bank to talk to him. He said he stopped making payments in order to get the bank to respond. After being forced into bankruptcy, Rosenberg lost everything, including his son’s $50 million trust fund.

Click here to read more about Rosenburg’s $6 million settlement following a bankruptcy dispute.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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.

Now is the Time to Buy – Mortgage Rates Fall to Historic Lows

March 27, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Last week, mortgage rates fell to historic lows after a slight uptick the previous week. The average mortgage rate on a 30-year loan fell to 3.54% for the week ending March 21st, after reaching a year-high 3.63% the week before. According to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, 3.63% was the highest rate since August 2012. Rates have also dropped considerably from one year ago, when a 30-year fixed-rate was 4.08%. The average mortgage rate on fifteen-year loans fell to 2.72% last week, after reaching 2.79% the week before.

As a result of these record low mortgage rates, home sales have modestly boosted. The National Association of Realtors reported that in February, existing home sales reached a 3-year high, running at a 4.98 million annual rate. These historic low rates and increasing home sales are good indicators of economic growth. However, a forecast issued last month by mortgage giant Fannie Mae, estimated that 30-year fixed-rates would exceed 4 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013 and would average 4.4% by 2014. If you are planning on purchasing a home, it is better to buy now when you can take full advantage of these historic low interest rates.

Click here to read more about why NOW is the best time to purchase your new home!

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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 website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.

Florida Bankruptcy Court’s Non-Dischargeable Debts

March 26, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Millions of Americans have struggled to gain control of their finances following the Great Recession. Many have filed for bankruptcy protection in order to have their debts discharged and gain a fresh start. If you are considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, one important thing to understand is that not all debts are dischargeable in Florida’s bankruptcy court. Non-dischargeable debts are those that you will still be responsible for repaying, even if your other debts are relieved through bankruptcy protection.

The following debts are non-dischargeable in Florida’s bankruptcy court:

1. Back child support, alimony obligations and other debts dedicated to family support.

2. Debts for personal injury or death caused by driving while intoxicated.

3. Student loans, unless undue hardship can be proven.

4. Fines and penalties for violating the law, including traffic tickets and criminal restitution.

5. Recent income tax debts (within 3 years) and all other tax debts.

6. Debts you forget to list in your bankruptcy papers, unless the credit learns of your bankruptcy case.

There are also some debts that may be declared non-dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case if the creditor challenges your request to discharge them.

1. Debts you incurred on the basis of fraud.

2. Credit purchases of $1,150 or more for luxury goods or services made within 60 days of filing.

3. Loans or cash advances of $1,150 or more taken within 60 days of filing.

4. Debts from willful or malicious injury to another person or another person’s property.

5. Debts from embezzlement, larceny or breach of trust.

6. Debts you owe under a divorce decree or settlement unless after bankruptcy you would still not be able to afford to pay them or the benefit you would receive by the discharge outweighs any detriment to your ex-spouse (who would have to pay them if you discharge them in bankruptcy).

Click here to read more on Florida bankruptcy court’s non-dischargeable debts.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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.

Mortgage Giant Fails to Settle Homeowner Complaints

March 25, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A recent report showed that mortgage giant, Freddie Mac, failed to resolve a large portion of borrower’s complaints between October 2011 and November 2012. The report showed that Freddie Mac’s eight largest mortgage servicers resolved more than 25,500 complaints during that time but failed to handle 21 percent of the complaints filed within the allotted 30-day period. Furthermore, the report found that the majority of the complaints that came in and were considered “escalated complaints” were never reported to Freddie Mac. “Escalated complaints” are those that the field agent manning the phone cannot resolve and must be reported to Freddie Mac. Four out of eight of Freddie Mac’s mortgage servicers did not report a single complaint from October 2011 to November 2012. These four lenders included: Bank of America, CitiMortgage, Wells Fargo and Provident.

In addition to complaints not being passed on to Freddie Mac, the watchdog agency also reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) did not have a proper plan in place for resolving the complaints from borrowers that were reported. The FHFA is responsible for monitoring Freddie Mac and its servicers. As a result, allegations of servicing fraud and improper foreclosures were inadequately handled. Freddie Mac and its servicers are required to observe strict protocol when a borrower files a complaint, according to 2011 guidelines that were issued to protect borrowers from fraudulent lender practices.

Click here to read more about mortgage giant Freddie Mac failing to resolve borrower complaints.

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 website, Kingcade & Garcia, P.A.