Archive for: ‘April 2014’

Some Americans paid off credit cards while waiting on Foreclosure

April 16, 2014 Posted by kingcade

The number of foreclosures during the recession helped some Americans pay off other debts, such as credit card bills, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Foreclosures peaked in 2009, and the timeline for processing them stretched out in some states for as much as three years, allowing many people to remain in their homes without paying a mortgage.

The economists looked at data from U.S. households that were already delinquent on at least one credit card before falling behind on mortgage payments and going into foreclosure from 2004 through 2010. Their research of more than 27,500 loans found people whose foreclosures took longer to process were more likely to pay off nonmortgage debt like credit cards.

However, the benefits are often short-lived. The results of the study indicate that the foreclosed consumers are less likely to stay current on all of their credit cards as they have to start making mortgage payments once the foreclosure ends.

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.

Related Resources:
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/02/some-americans-paid-off-credit-cards-while-waiting-for-foreclosure/

Men vs. Women: Does Gender Matter when it comes to Debt?

April 15, 2014 Posted by kingcade

While no person falls neatly into statistical averages, understanding the differences between men and women when it comes to debt management can help couples understand each other’s “money personalities.” According to credit counselors interviewed in a recent study, women more often handle the household budget, paying bills and spending money on necessary and discretionary items.

Because of this day-to-day spending responsibility, women carry more guilt for debt woes, which can be compounded if their spouses blame them. Women appear to shy away from debt compared with men, according to an Experian analysis released last year. On average, men carried 4.3% more debt than women. Their mortgages were also 4.9% higher than home loans taken out by women. The study also found that women used less available credit on their credit cards than men- 30% versus 31%.

While men may appear to be more comfortable taking on more debt, they also get into financial trouble more often. Experian found that men were more likely to fall 60 days or more behind on their mortgage payments than women – 5.7% versus 5.3%. Despite having more problems handling a larger debt load, men seek help later than women, according to credit counselors.

Several of the counselors interviewed said women respond to financial crisis by eliminating items on the household budget, where men work more to increase the income to get out of debt. The best solution is a combination of both along with an understanding between the two spouses.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.
Related Resources:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/04/02/men-women-and-debt-does-gender-matter/?intcmp=related

4 Ways Debt Collectors Abuse Your Rights

April 11, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Debt collectors often resort to abusive practices to try and collect on a debt. This can include lying, using profanity and even intimidating you to try and get you to pay up. Many consumers do not know that they have rights when it comes to these abusive debt collection practices. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects consumers from harassing phone calls, threats and abusive language debt collectors often use to obtain payment.

Do not be a victim to these most commonly used debt collection practices:

Threats of garnishment / criminal action. If a debt collector calls and threatens to garnish your wages, it’s a lie. The only exceptions are for student loan debt and taxes. A debt collector must sue you, first and this can take months.

Calling too late or too early. The law states that a debt collector can only call you between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. in your time zone.

Calling your neighbors or employers. Debt collectors cannot reveal who they are or why they are calling. If they do not abide by this, they run the risk of having a lawsuit filed against them for releasing third party information.

Not putting it in writing. Do not settle a debt if it is not put in writing by the debt collector. If you give a debt collector access to your bank account, they can take everything and leave you with nothing to pay your rent and bills.

These tactics are illegal and should be reported to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). To learn more about the FDCPA and the protections it offers, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o-ci9nVEgA.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

Related Resources: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/4-top-ways-debt-collectors-abuse-your-rights

BOA ordered to pay customers $727 million for illegal credit card actions

April 10, 2014 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Bank of America to pay $727 million to consumers who were misled by its credit card add-on products. The CFPB says 1.4 million consumers were affected by the bank’s deceptive marketing tactics and 1.9 million accounts were illegally charged for these credit monitoring products.

The CFPB’s complaint is alleging that from 2010 to 2012 Bank of America marketed “Credit Protection Plus” and “Credit Protection Deluxe,” two products said to help cancel some debt if a borrower was faced with financial hardship. According to the complaint, telemarketing scripts provided to BOA employees contained misstatements and omitted important information that misled consumers.

Bank of America has already reimbursed consumers for the unfair billing practices related to the identity protection products. For the credit protection products, remaining BOA customers will receive a credit to their accounts. Consumers are not required to take any action to receive their refunds.

Bank of America is also required to make a $20 million penalty payment to the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund. In addition, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency is ordering BOA to pay $25 million in civil money penalties for its unfair billing practices.


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If you have any questions on this topic or 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 linked to GM’s faulty ignition switch recall?

April 9, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Federal authorities are investigating whether GM committed bankruptcy fraud by concealing its ignition switch defect when it filed for bankruptcy back in 2009. The ignition switch problems led to the recall of 1.6 million vehicles last month.

GM is a different legal entity than the one that filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The “new” GM is not responsible under the terms of its bankruptcy exit for legal claims relating to incidents that took place before July 2009. Those claims must be brought against the “old” pre-bankruptcy GM.

The class action lawsuit said plaintiffs should be allowed to sue over the pre-bankruptcy actions “because of the active concealment by the Old GM and GM.” The lawsuit has also said that GM is responsible for reporting to the federal government any safety-related problems for cars made before its bankruptcy.

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If you have any questions on this topic or 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.