Archive for: ‘November 2013’

Black Friday is FINALLY here! But how does this relate to Bankruptcy?

November 29, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Three words, credit card use. Many people choose to put their Black Friday purchases on credit cards. What consumers should know is how these purchases can affect you if you end up needing to file for bankruptcy in the near future.

1.) Luxury goods exceeding $600. If you purchase luxury goods or services exceeding $600 in the 90 days prior to your bankruptcy filing, there is a possibility that these debts will not be dischargeable in your bankruptcy. In fact, credit card companies can object to those specific charges. Luxury items include expensive electronics, such as flat screen TV’s, laptops, tablets, etc. Expensive jewelry, furniture and designer clothes would also fall into this category. Groceries along with other necessities like paying bills and gasoline would be considered dischargeable debts if purchased on credit cards.

2.) Cash Advances exceeding $925. Any cash advances you take within 70 days prior to your bankruptcy filing and totaling more than $925 are presumed to be non-dischargeable. If you take out a large cash advance to pay for your Black Friday expenditures, you better plan on paying it back, or adjusting your bankruptcy filing date.

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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.

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving Story- 1,000 Homes Saved from Foreclosure

November 28, 2013 Posted by kingcade

1,000 homes have been saved from foreclosure thanks to Affordable Housing Resources, a Nashville-based non-profit. Dorothy Fisher was all smiles this week following a difficult year and a half. She worked as an administrative assistant at Meharry Medical College for 20 years, until the school let her go last summer. After losing her job, she exhausted what little savings she had trying to keep up with her mortgage payments.

At the end of her rope, Fisher reached out to Affordable Housing Resources, a non-profit that helped her fight off foreclosure and keep her home. Affordable Housing Resources announced Fisher was just one of 1,000 Tennessee homeowners the Nashville-based non-profit helped avoid foreclosure.

Fisher is still working to get back on her feet and says, “Being able to keep her home makes the light at the end of the tunnel shine a little brighter.” This year, she will be able to have her family over for Thanksgiving. “Without Affordable Housing, we wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving dinner and I wouldn’t have my granddaughter and my grandson over to enjoy that festivity.”

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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 Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Tips to keep your Holiday Spending in Check this year

November 27, 2013 Posted by kingcade

With the holidays upon us, below are some simple tips to avoid overspending this year.

1.) Set a budget you cannot exceed. Instead of using debit or credit cards to make your purchases this year, rely on cash only to buy gifts. Once the green is gone, you’re done! If you are not comfortable carrying cash, put the allotted money on a pre-paid card, such as the American Express Prepaid card, which charges no purchase, activation or maintenance fees.

2.) Surf the web smart. A recent study done by the California Institute of Technology revealed that customers are willing to pay about 50% more for products in stores than online. Dealnews.com is a great website that shows the day’s best prices on specific types of items.

3.) Give more gift cards. With gift cards you spend exactly the amount you intend. Sites such as GiftCardGranny.com and PlasticJungle.com sell gift cards from popular retailers at a discount.

4.) Reorganize your list. If you feel overwhelmed because you have to buy presents for every niece, cousin and uncle. Consider setting up a gift exchange, so that each person buys one gift with a set dollar amount. At the website Elfster.com you can invite others to a “Secret Santa” exchange. This site will then make gift assignments at random.

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The holidays can be a stressful time, particularly financially. The financial obligations that accompany the holiday season can result in people spending more money than they could afford. 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.

Credit Card Delinquencies on the Rise

November 26, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to TransUnion, more Americans fell behind on their credit card payments in the third quarter. The rate of credit card payments at least 90 days overdue rose in the July-September quarter to 1.36% from the previous three-month period, when it was 1.27% — the lowest level on records going back to 2007.

That is expected to happen again in the current quarter, as many consumers are hitting the stores for the holiday season and then delay payments on their credit cards until early 2014. TransUnion projects the credit card delinquency rate will increase to around 1.48% in the fourth quarter.

Since 2007, the late-payment rate on credit cards has averaged about 2.2%. In the third quarter, credit card debt per borrower fell 1.3% versus the same quarter last year to $5,235. It was essentially flat compared to the previous quarter, TransUnion said. This can be attributed to slow and steady job growth and small wage gains, which have made Americans more reluctant to charge goods and services.

According to the Federal Reserve, Americans cut back on using their credit cards in September for the fourth straight month. Consumers increased their borrowing by $13.7 billion to $3.05 trillion, but the increase was driven entirely by higher borrowing for auto and student loans, which increased $15.8 billion. Credit card debt fell $2.1 billion.

The string of declines in credit card debt will likely hold back consumer spending, which accounts for 70% of economic activity.

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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.

Big Decision on Detroit Bankruptcy Coming December 3, 2013

November 25, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A judge will announce December 3, 2013 whether Detroit is eligible to fix its finances through bankruptcy. This is considered the most important decision since the largest public filing in U.S. history last summer. Judge Steven Rhodes issued a brief order on Monday saying that he will rule from the bench on December 3rd and issue a written opinion later. Rhodes presided over a nine-day trial that ended November 8.

Unions and pensions funds claim Detroit is not eligible to file for bankruptcy because it failed to hold good-faith negotiations prior to the filing in July. The city claims that it did enough. A bankruptcy decision will mean the case would turn to how Detroit can fix $18 billion in debt.

The city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has warned of chaos if Detroit is not permitted to file bankruptcy. Creditors who were owed money at the time of filing could sue for payment and the long-term debt will continue to accumulate.

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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.