Archive for: ‘January 2016’

First-of-its-kind Study Shows How Parental Debt Affects Children

January 29, 2016 Posted by kingcade

A new study conducted by Lawrence M. Berger, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, revealed a direct correlation between certain types of parental debt and children’s social and emotional well-being. The study used data from 9,011 families from 1986 to 2008. To track behavior problems, researchers used scores from the Behavior Problems Index responses filled out by the children’s parents either every year or every two years.

The study has shed new light on the link between debt and family well-being, as previous research on debt has focused on how debt affects the mental health and well-being of adults. The findings revealed that families with large amounts of debt often have children who struggle with behavioral problems.

However, not all types of debt were linked to children with behavioral problems. For example, the data showed that parents whose debt was from a mortgage or a student loan were less likely to have children with behavioral problems than those with unsecured debt. Unsecured debt is debt such as credit card debt, medical debt or a payday loan that is not secured by assets.

Researchers said debt that can help improve your social status in life is less likely to cause parents stress and anxiety. Unsecured debt that is not tied to an investment has a greater likelihood of causing stress to parents, which in turn, can have a negative impact on their parenting.

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.

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Lower your Credit Card Debt with One Simple Strategy

January 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

U.S. households on average carry a total of $15,355 in credit card debt.  Although there is not a universal approach for lowering your debt, there’s one simple strategy that is often overlooked: Renegotiating your interest rate.

You can renegotiate your interest rate by following these three simple steps:

  1. Find out your interest rate and current interest rates with other companies. You can locate your interest rate in the fine print on your credit card statement. If you cannot find it, call the company. When researching the rates of competitors, make sure you tell them you are planning to move your debt to the company that offers the lowest interest rate.
  1. Call your current company and explain that it is too high and request a lower rate. If they refuse, tell them you will be closing your account and transferring your balance to a company that offers better rates.  Tell them the name of a competitor to prove you are serious. Your credit card company’s goal is to retain you as a customer and many debtors have their interest rates cut in half by simply asking. If the customer service representative does not seem willing to lower your rate, ask for a supervisor.
  1. Consolidate your debt onto one card. Once you find the company willing to offer the lowest interest rate possible, move all of your debt to that card.

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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

 

 

 

State Loan Forgiveness Programs Fall Short of Addressing Student Loan Debt Crisis

January 27, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Many states have developed loan debt forgiveness programs in response to the growing student loan debt crisis. But in reality, the majority of these programs benefit only a small percentage of students who accept low paying public service jobs upon graduation.

Experts believe these loan relief programs are not the answer to the student loan debt problem and are in fact; self-serving programs to entice graduates to accept low paying jobs that are not easily filled. New York recently developed a student relief program that is geared toward the graduates’ income in public service jobs rather than debt relief.

Most state-wide programs provide relief to a very narrow segment of the market. Oftentimes these are only offered to healthcare workers or lawyers who are willing to work in a federally designated area with a shortage of workers.  The relief programs are essentially luring recent college graduates with high loan debts to state jobs that offer low wages and unfavorable options for career advancement.

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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 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.

Foreclosure Filings Hit Nine-Year Low

January 26, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The U.S. reportedly had 1,083,572 foreclosures in 2015, down three percent from 2014, according to RealtyTrac. This is the lowest annual total since 2006. The report includes default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions.

Last year was also the second consecutive year where the annual foreclosure rate was below one percent of all housing units. Data showed that one in every 122 homes or 0.82 percent had at least one foreclosure filing in 2015.

The report also showed data for individual months, revealing that December 2015 foreclosure filings were down one percent from the previous month. It was also the sixth consecutive month foreclosure filings decreased.

RealtyTrac’s Vice President, Daren Blomquist said, “In 2015 we saw a return to normal, healthy foreclosure activity in many markets even as banks continued to clean up some of the last vestiges of distress left over from the last housing crisis.”

Florida was among the top five states with the highest rate of foreclosure in 2015 with 1.77 percent. New Jersey was the only state with a higher percentage of housing units in foreclosure at 1.91 percent. Maryland followed closely with 1.60 percent, Nevada with 1.40 percent and Illinois with 1.26 percent.

Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami reportedly had the highest foreclosure rates of any of the metro areas in Florida.

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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.

IRS Warns of Top 3 Tax Scams for 2016

January 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The IRS anticipates tax scams to be worse than ever this year, despite enacting new anti-fraud measures. Below are the top three tax scams to watch out for in 2016.

Fraudulent Filing

A common tax scam is where scammers use taxpayers’ social security numbers to file and claim their refunds. One Ohio resident who fell victim to the scam last year said it took her four months to prove to the IRS that she had fallen victim to a tax scam and receive her refund.  To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, make sure and file early before scammers can access your information.

IRS Phishing Email

Scammers are sending out phony emails claiming to have information regarding tax refunds. The email says, “Click here for the latest on your refund,” or something similar. But it’s a phishing scam designed to get you to enter your social security number.  Just clicking on the link can invite malware onto your computer. The IRS will never contact you via email requesting you download files or click on links.

IRS Phone Scam

The most common tax scam in recent years is the scam where taxpayers receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS or the Treasury Department who tells you that you are behind on your tax bill. The scammers threaten to arrest or deport you unless you pay immediately.  Hang up if you receive a call like this.  The IRS would never make these type threats.

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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.