Archive for: ‘May 2013’

Capital One Credit Card Delinquencies Decline Last Month

May 24, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Capital One Financial Corp. reports its U.S. credit-card delinquencies fell in April from March. Its international credit card business also showed a decline. Capital One’s 30-day delinquency rate for U.S. credit cards fell to 3.14% in April from 3.37% the prior month, according to a filing with the Securities Exchange Commission. Auto-loan delinquencies remained flat at 5.58%.

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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.

The 4 BEST Credit Cards for BAD Credit

May 23, 2013 Posted by kingcade

It’s almost impossible to get around these days without a credit card. However, if you have poor credit, you are probably concerned you will not qualify for a card or the interest rates, penalties and fees will make it too difficult. Fear not, those individuals with poor credit (a credit score below about 640-660) should consider the below cards- which are not only easy to qualify for, but if used properly can help boost your credit score.
Capital One Secured MasterCard. This card reports automatically to all 3 credit bureaus. This is a real credit card, not a prepaid card. You can increase your line of credit without increasing your refundable security deposit, and you can get up to a $3,000 line of credit. There are no processing or application fees. You can also utilize tools to track your credit score. No balance transfer fee. $29 annual fee.

American Express Prepaid Card. This prepaid card doesn’t affect your credit score since it doesn’t report to any of the credit bureaus. With this card, you can load up to $2,500 to your card. You can order up to 3 American Express Prepaid cards. All your prepaid cards will benefit from roadside assistance and purchase protection, as well as excellent customer service. No annual fee.

PASS Card from American Express. This prepaid card is mainly for parents to get for their teenage children so that they can learn to use a card to pay for their purchases and always have some money handy. You can reload this card whenever you want or schedule reloads, such as monthly or weekly for your child’s allowance. This card will give your teen special access to entertainment events, as well as purchase protection and roadside assistance. No fraud liability. No annual fee.

BuyRight Prepaid MasterCard. This card requires no credit check. You can enjoy the online billpay feature that will allow you to pay your bills, checks and rent online. You must pay a $9.95 activation fee to use your card for the first time. This card allows you to earn rewards when spending at Starbucks, purchasing iTunes, RedBox, prepaid cell phone minutes and more. There is a $7.95 monthly fee.

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If you are looking to rebuild your credit history, it is recommended that you apply for Capital One Secured MasterCard as it reports monthly to the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. The key with this card is to pay your bill on time and maintain your account balance well below the credit limit.

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.

Study Finds People Diagnosed with Cancer More Likely to Declare Bankruptcy

May 22, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, people diagnosed with cancer are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer. Researchers also found that younger cancer patients had two- to five-fold higher bankruptcy rates compared to older patients, and that overall bankruptcy filings increased as time passed following diagnosis.

“This study found strong evidence of a link between cancer diagnosis and increased risk of bankruptcy,” the authors of the study wrote. “Although the risk of bankruptcy for cancer patients is relatively low in absolute terms, bankruptcy represents an extreme manifestation of what is probably a larger picture of economic hardship for cancer patients.” Medical debt is one of the main causes of filing for bankruptcy. In fact, it’s a contributing factor in more than half of all bankruptcy filings. This study raises important questions about the factors underlying the relationship between cancer and financial hardship.

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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.

Obama’s Latest Student Loan Policy Faces Scrutiny as Student Borrowing Costs Increase

May 21, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A nonpartisan government report has shown that the Department of Education is forecasted to earn a record $51 billion profit off student borrowers this year. The Huffington Post highlighted the estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that the Education Department was forecast to report higher earnings this year than Exxon Mobil and nearly as high as those of the four biggest U.S. banks combined!

Congressional Democrats are scrutinizing President Obama’s latest student loan policy and urging for structural reforms. One member of the House of Representatives stated, “We don’t see students or their parents as profit centers, and we don’t think it’s an appropriate concept to be acting like a market-driven bank here.”
The increasing gap between what students and families pay to finance a college education and what the U.S. government pays to borrow has led to record profits for the Treasury. President Barack Obama’s plan, features lower rates than the House Republicans’ plan, though unlike the Republicans’ plan it does not cap interest rates in case the U.S. government’s borrowing costs rapidly increase. The president’s plan would expand a program signed into law by George W. Bush that would tie monthly repayments of federal student debt to borrowers’ income. However, that part of Obama’s proposal was not seriously pursued during the education committee meeting.

To read more about President Obama’s latest student loan policy and the exorbitant amount of student borrowing costs, click here.

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.

Florida Homeowners Could Recover $19 Million in Wells Fargo Class Action Settlement

May 20, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A class action case brought on behalf of thousands of homeowners across the state alleges that they were subjected to so-called force- or lender-placed insurance through their Wells Fargo Bank Mortgages. As many as 24,000 Floridians- many in Broward and Palm Beach counties- were assessed excessive premiums with QBE Insurance after being “forced” into coverage with the insurer when either their mortgages were deemed in default or their homeowners’ policies were determined to have lapsed, plaintiffs’ attorneys alleged. The class-action case was originally certified in July 2012 and scheduled for a July 2013 trial.

According to court documents, members of the class paid insurance premiums amounting to about $77 million. If it’s approved, class members who paid the QBE premiums will get back 25 percent of what they paid. Those who were charged but did not pay will receive a credit equal to 25 percent of the charges they were assessed toward their mortgage balance. Plaintiffs’ attorneys will send letters to the homeowners who are eligible for the settlement, if it is approved. They have also set up a website, www.fpilitigation.com, to process claims.

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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, www.miamibankruptcy.com.