Archive for: ‘August 2014’

Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans

August 12, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Losing their 27-year old daughter, Lisa, to liver failure was devastating enough, but then the student loan bills started coming. Steve Mason and his wife Darnell immediately took in their daughter’s three children- ages 4, 7 and 9 following her death.  The family had co-signed on $100,000 in private student loans that his daughter took out for nursing school. Unable to keep up with the payments and mounting expenses, the $100,000 debt ballooned to $200,000 as a result of late fees and interest rates as high as 12%.

Steve called the lenders to explain he could not afford the $2,000 a month payments, but unfortunately private lenders are not bound by any federal requirements to help borrowers or co-signers. Loan forgiveness is up to the discretion of the individual lender. Navient Corp., which manages several of the loans said they reduced the balance owed to $27,000 from nearly $35,000 and lowered the interest rate to 0% on three of four loans. The family was less fortunate with American Education Services, which handled the bulk of Lisa’s student loans. The lender refused to provide the family with any relief.

Dreams for retirement have been shattered for the Masons. The family has considered filing bankruptcy, but student loans are the only type of debt that generally cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. Legislation aiming to help families in similar situations, including recent bills that would allow student loan debt to be discharged in bankruptcy, have been introduced over the years but have yet to pass in Congress.

“People with other debt from splurging — they can discharge that,” Mason said. “Student loans should really be the one type of debt they do discharge because it’s done to further an education and career. But somehow getting [my daughter] an education has encumbered me for the rest of my life.”

The Masons are not alone.  Similar financial nightmares are facing families throughout the country. For now, the only option parents have is to negotiate a payment plan with the lender or try to prove undue financial hardship to the courts in order to get the debts discharged in bankruptcy.

For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you 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://money.cnn.com/2014/07/28/pf/parents-student-loans/

Five Store Credit Cards to Avoid

August 8, 2014 Posted by kingcade

According to a survey of 61 major retail credit cards by CreditCards.com, retail credit cards are becoming debt traps for consumers. Many of these cards have an average APR of 23.23%, compared with 15.03% for other credit cards. This means a consumer who spends $1,000 on a retail card, and made only the minimum payments, would spend more than six years repaying that balance and end up paying a total of $1,840 for the $1,000 item. That is equivalent to an 84% markup!

Retail credit cards sometimes have benefits that may be worth it to consumers who frequently shop at the store and pay the balance off in full every month. Many of these cards come with perks like store discounts, special sales and rewards for cardholders. But miss one payment one month and you run into trouble on most of these credit cards.

Below are the retail credit cards to steer clear of, according to the CreditCards.com survey:

1. Zales has up to a 28.99% APR.
2. Office Depot Personal Credit Card has a 27.99% APR.
3. Staples Personal Account has a 27.99% APR.
4. My Best Buy has up to 25.24% and 27.99% APR, depending on your credit score.
5. My Best Buy Preferred has a 25.24% and 27.99% APR, depending on your credit score.

Bottom line: Retail credit cards are a bad idea for anyone who does not pay their balance off in full every month, because the interest rates are so exorbitant.

If you are in a financial crisis and considering filing for 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://finance.yahoo.com/news/don-t-credit-cards-5-134815527.html

Once Popular TV Star Facing Foreclosure

August 4, 2014 Posted by kingcade

“The O.C.” star Mischa Barton is facing foreclosure on her Beverly Hills mansion. According to TMZ, Barton has been handed a default notice informing her that she has missed more than $100,000 in payments. She purchased the eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion for $6.4 million in 2005, when “The O.C.” was at its height of popularity and took out a loan for $4.2 million. The show went off the air in 2007 and Barton has been trying to sell the property since 2010 for a reported $8.9 million. Her prior attempts to rent the home at a price of $35,000 a month were unsuccessful.

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://www.tmz.com/2014/08/03/mischa-barton-home-foreclosure-mortgage-payments-photos/
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/03/mischa-barton-facing-foreclosure-on-beverly-hills-home
http://pagesix.com/2014/08/03/mischa-barton-could-lose-6-4m-mansion-to-foreclosure/