Archive for: ‘September 2014’

Medical Bills Cause more than 60% of Bankruptcies in U.S.

September 29, 2014 Posted by kingcade

CNN analysts estimate that at least 1.5 million Americans will file for bankruptcy this year, for some it will be the result of overspending, but for 60% medical debt will be the leading cause. Over the past 6 years, the number of bankruptcy filings due to medical debt has almost doubled from 46% to 62%. The majority of those who filed for bankruptcy represent the middle class and those with good education. Many families are unaware that they are just one illness away from financial ruin. Medical bills are causing excessive stress in one out of five American families today.

Those who have experienced illness or injury and found themselves overwhelmed with medical debt should contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. Bankruptcy laws were created to help people resolve overwhelming debt and gain a fresh financial start. Bankruptcy attorney 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.istreetresearch.com/medical-bills-caused-more-than-60-of-bankruptcies-in-the-united-states/2510949/

Jersey Shore Star, ‘The Situation’ Indicted for $8.9M Tax Fraud Conspiracy

September 25, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Former Jersey Shore cast member, Mike Sorrentino (a.k.a. ‘The Situation’) and his brother / business manager, Marc Sorrentino appeared in a New Jersey Federal Court this week to plead not guilty to a fraud indictment claiming they did not pay taxes on $8.9 million of income. Court documents show that both Sorrentino and his brother are being charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and an additional two counts of filing false returns.  His brother faces three.  ‘The Situation’ is also charged with not filing a tax return in 2011, when he earned more than $1.9 million in income.

The document states, “From in or about January 2010 through in or about November 2013, in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, in the District of New Jersey and elsewhere, defendants Marc Sorrentino and Michael Sorrentino, aka ‘The Situation,’ did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree with each other and others to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating, through deceitful and dishonest means, the lawful functions of the IRS, a constituent agency of the United States Department of the Treasury, to ascertain, compute, assess, and collect federal income taxes,”

“According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a statement. “The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”

The conspiracy and filing false tax returns each carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count charging ‘The Situation’ for failing to file a tax return carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Regardless of your occupation or status in life, if you attempt to cheat on your taxes for personal financial gain- you face real consequences, criminal prosecution and even jail time.

If you are in 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:
https://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/mike–the-situation–sorrentino-indicted-for-tax-crimes-181532715.html

http://www.people.com/article/mike-the-situation-sorrentino-tax-evasion

Credit Card Debt or Student Loan Debt: Which to pay off first?

September 23, 2014 Posted by kingcade

It is important to first realize, that all debt is not created equal. Some debt can actually work for you. For example, debt that is tax deductible, such as mortgage and student loan debt falls into the category of “good” debt. On the other hand, debts like credit card debt and car loans fall into the “bad” debt category.

Student loans offer fixed rates and tax deductible interest. You should not be in a rush to pay these off, particularly if you are not already saving adequately for retirement and other emergencies. Federal student loans offer the opportunity to reduce or even suspend payment without damaging your credit scores if you face financial difficulty and have the possibility of forgiveness. Those options are not available for credit card debt.

If your student loan payments exceed 10% of your income when you enter into repayment, the federal government  has a “Pay as you Earn” program, which offers more manageable payments for borrowers, especially those with large amounts of debt.

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 http://www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-montalk-20140921-column.html

New Study Reveals Surprising Impact Student Loan Debt has on the Housing Market

September 22, 2014 Posted by kingcade

A new study reveals the impact of student loan debt on home ownership. The impact is 414,000. That is how many home sales will not happen this year as a result of high levels of student loan debt, according to a report from John Burns Consulting, a firm that advises home builders.  This number is the equivalent of about 8% of all home sales, enough to dent the housing industry by $83 billion a year!

The report estimates that the number of borrowers under the age of 40 that owe $250 or more each month in student loans has nearly tripled since 2005, to 5.9 million. And it projects that every $250 in monthly student loan payments decreases home borrowing and purchasing power by $44,000.  With the typical sale price of a home being $200,000, you get $83 billion in lost sales.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that young people with student loan debt are now less likely to own a home than people who never attended college, a reversal of the long-standing trend linking higher education to home ownership and higher earnings. Student debt has been a key factor in the lower-than-normal rates, particularly for first-time home buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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 http://www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources: http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-student-loan-debt-housing-market-20140922-story.html

Consequences of Concealing Assets in Bankruptcy

September 17, 2014 Posted by kingcade

A Palm Beach couple is facing criminal charges for attempting to hide pricey assets, such as jewelry and silverware from bankruptcy court. The couple filed Chapter 7 in 2008 hoping to discharge $2.9 million in debt. Dr. Richard Krugman heads a medical practice in New Jersey that lost a $4.3 million judgment to an insurance company. The couple claimed available assets of less than $13,000, but a court review found significantly more than that.

According to the federal criminal complaint, the couple fraudulently failed to disclose that they owned the following pricey items:

• A woman’s gold wedding band with two carats of diamonds.
• A woman’s platinum hoop earrings with pave diamonds.
• A woman’s gold cocktail ring with blue stone.
• A woman’s silver bangle bracelet.
• A man’s Swiss army diving watch.
• A Royal Doulton China set.
• A high-end silverware set.
• A Waterford Crystal glass set.
• A Lalique leaf bowl.
• A Lalique caviar bowl.
• Two George Rodrigue “Blue Dog” lithographs, signed and numbered.

As a result, the bankruptcy court refused to grant them a discharge. Now the couple could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for excluding these assets. The defendants intend to plead guilty.

This should come as a warning to anyone who plans to hide assets from the bankruptcy court and their attorney. Bankruptcy trustees are experts at finding undisclosed property, vehicles, boats, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles. If you are caught trying to hide assets, the consequences are big. Your discharge will be denied, and you will be unable to discharge the debts you listed in a subsequent bankruptcy filing. In addition, the potential penalty for bankruptcy crimes include fines and imprisonment of up to five years.

If you have any questions on this topic or are in 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://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/bankruptcy-trustee-find-property-not-in-bankruptcy-paperwork.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2014/09/15/couple-faces-criminal-charges-for-hiding-pricey.html?ana=e_sflo_bn_breakingnews&u=um2Eyo72dYSImvglWn/0xO6wsIE&t=1410970294