Archive for: ‘November 2013’

Aaron Carter Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

November 22, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Aaron Carter, younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. According to TMZ, he filed for Chapter 7 protection last month with assets of a little more than $8,000 and debts of more than $2.2 million, 1.37 million of that is money owed to the IRS for income taxes ranging from 2003 to 2006. Court documents also show he owes more than $31,000 to American Express and $9,000 for a tour bus.

He lists his assets as laptops, furs, jewelry and a dog (which is reportedly worth nothing). A representative for Carter states that the bankruptcy is a “positive thing.” “It’s him doing what he needs to do to move forward.”

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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.

Florida Home Values go Up as Foreclosures Loom

November 21, 2013 Posted by kingcade

October’s single-family home sales for Brevard showed an increase of 9.3 percent over the year, to 727 sales, according to Florida Realtors. Median sales price- the point at which half the homes sell for less, half for more – in Brevard rose 3.4 percent in October, to $120,000, from a year ago. According to one realtor in Brevard County, most of her sellers are getting the full asking price or slightly more.

The positive sales numbers for October are the likely result of banks and lenders stepping up foreclosure activities against Brevard and Florida property owners who have been delinquent in payments. According to RealtyTrac, Florida continues to lead the nation in the number of homes threatened with foreclosure. In Brevard, RealtyTrac reports there were 10,184 properties in the foreclosure process, a nearly 22 percent increase from a year ago. That’s the highest the figure has been since at least 2009.

Housing experts say a key reason for the increase in local foreclosure activity is because banks and lenders are trying to free up properties to make them available to buyers, both investors and those who plan to live in a home.

Daren Blomquist, the Vice President of RealtyTrac, says “the banks realize they can get more money out of a property through a foreclosure than a short-sell and often prefer foreclosures because they can get paid in cash as opposed to depending on a traditional home loan.”

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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.

Big Time Florida Foreclosure Lawyer Accepts Disbarment

November 20, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Florida lawyer, David J. Stern, whose law firm handled tens of thousands of foreclosure cases during the height of the financial crisis is ending his fight to hold on to his law license. The disbarment will mark the most significant punishment for the attorney’s role in falsifying documents through fake signatures and backdating records and not giving homeowners proper notice that they faced foreclosure.

In late January, the Florida Bar found probable cause for 17 counts against Stern. The alleged violations included misconduct and failure to supervise non-lawyers properly. Stern’s attorney initially said that his client had done nothing unethical and questioned if the Bar could prove his client did anything to merit punishment.

But recently, Stern’s lawyer, Jeffrey Tew, filed a one page document with the Florida Supreme Court stating that his client has decided to end his fight against recommendations that he be disbarred. A referee has also recommended that Stern pay nearly $50,000 in costs to the Florida Bar, claiming that Stern’s actions had “created chaos” in the courts.

The October report included testimony from six judges complaining about Stern and his firm’s lawyers. Judge Nancy Perez contended that Stern’s failure to exercise care was not “isolated, but rather a representation of the culture of the firm, as to the low level of competence and ethics.”


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JP Morgan Chase & Co., Govt. Near $13 Billion Settlement

November 19, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have finally reached an agreement involving the $13 billion settlement of a civil inquiry into the company’s sales of low-quality mortgage backed securities that collapsed in value during the financial crisis. The settlement is the largest ever reached between the government and a corporation- surpassing the $4 billion BP oil spill settlement.

The agreement will require JPMorgan Chase & Co. to pay $6 billion to compensate investors, pay $4 billion to help struggling homeowners and pay the remainder as a fine.

So how is this going to help struggling homeowners hit hard by the housing crisis? Well, according to the first person close to the talks, some $1.5 billion will be a write-down forgiving homeowner loans, $300 million will enable homeowners to pay less now on their mortgages and the remainder of the $4 billion will go toward reducing existing loans, originating new loans and helping revive properties in some of the hardest hit areas of the housing crisis, such as Detroit.

Still to come is a decision as to whether the Justice Department will file criminal charges against JPMorgan Chase & Co. An investigation in currently under way.

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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.

U.S. Consumer Debt on the Rise- Highest Since Early 2008

November 18, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, U.S. household debt increased in the latest quarter by the most it had in more than five years and student loans in delinquency hit a record high. Total consumer debt rose to $11.28 trillion, which marked the biggest quarterly jump since 2008. The increase in the third quarter suggests that the cycle may be nearing its end.
There is has been an increase of household debt essentially across all spectrums. Americans have recently put more on credit cards, borrowed more money to buy houses and cars and took out more student loan debt.

The continued rise in student debt continues to be a cause for concern. Outstanding balances increased $33 billion to $1.03 trillion in the third quarter. A record 11.8 percent of loans were behind by 90 days or more, the New York Fed said, up from 10.9 percent in the second quarter. Student loan debt can unfortunately not be discharged under current bankruptcy law. Economists worry that in the coming years delinquencies could lock people out of economic participation.

Foreclosures which continue to decline, hit their lowest levels since the end of 2005.

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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.