Archive for: ‘December 2016’

How to Buy Your Kids Gifts that Keep on Giving

December 23, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to Personal Capital, Americans plan to spend an average of $936 shopping for friends and family this holiday season. However, parents can ensure their children’s gifts are long-lasting by gifting in these four unique ways this holiday season.

  1. The Gift of Experience: One of the best investments you can make for your children is giving them the gift of experience. A recent study conducted at San Francisco State University analyzed information from 154 students at the university who recently purchased items and experiences. The study found that the happiness from purchasing an item faded over time, but the happiness and memories from an experience lasted longer and contributed to more happiness.
  2. The Gift of Health: Whether you buy a bike, skateboard, kayak, snow board, running shoes or anything else that can keep your child active, you are making a good investment. According to the CDC, there are over 12 million children who are obese in America. One of the best things you can do for your child is encourage them to exercise.
  3. The Gift of Responsibility: Teaching your child to be responsible can be a challenge. If your child has been asking for a pet, this is a good way to teach them responsibility. If your child is interested in cooking, you can gift some kitchen gadgets so that they can start helping out in the kitchen.
  4. The Gift of Compound Interest: It is never too early to start thinking about your child’s future. Investing on your child’s behalf is a great way to do so. Look into different ways you can invest on your child’s behalf. This is a great way to give a gift that is long lasting and will help them down the road when they are going to college or buying a house.

 

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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 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.

Miami-based Catholic School Ordered to Release Student Transcripts

December 22, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Emergency Motion Granted for Kingcade & Garcia Clients after School Violates the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

On December 21, 2016, Miami bankruptcy attorney Timothy S. Kingcade of Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. (www.miamibankruptcy.com) obtained an Order from the Bankruptcy Court compelling Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, a Miami-based Catholic school, to release educational transcripts in compliance with the automatic stay and to pay his clients’ legal fees.  Mr. Kingcade filed an emergency motion arguing the school willfully and intentionally violated the automatic stay by refusing to release the transcripts.

“Bankruptcy has its origins in the Old Testament and while the school may ignore the edicts of its own teachings, it may not ignore the bankruptcy law inspired by those philosophies,” said Kingcade. “The school evidenced no intention to abide by the automatic stay and as a result, my clients have been forced to seek relief from the court,” he continued.

Mr. Kingcade’s clients filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief on December 12, 2016. On December 13, 2016, a notice of the filing and a request for the release of transcripts for their two children was sent to Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. The school had actual knowledge of their bankruptcy filing and refused to release the requested transcripts. The older of his clients’ children is in the process of applying for college and the withholding of the transcripts could result in his college application being deemed incomplete for consideration.

The school hired counsel and sought to mitigate the exposure for the school’s violation of the federal bankruptcy laws. Mr. Kingcade ultimately persuaded the school to release the transcript. The parties agreed to an order granting the emergency motion. The order requires Belen Jesuit Preparatory School to immediately release transcripts and / or final grade reports for the two children and for it to continue to cooperate with his clients and release future transcripts upon request. The school is also required to pay Mr. Kingcade’s legal fees.

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Miami-based Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

Take These Steps to Prepare for Tax Filing Season

December 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

With tax season right around the corner, the IRS recommends taxpayers take the following steps to prepare.

Individual Tax Identification Number: Filers who have expired Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) are likely to experience processing delays. If your ITIN expires on December 31st, 2016, you can renew your ITIN at any time by submitting the accurate documentation such as a W-7 and valid ID. The requirements needed to renew your ITIN are listed at www.IRS.gov/ITIN.

Refunds: According to a new tax law, the IRS cannot issue refunds before February 15th. Taxpayers should be advised not to count on receiving their refunds any earlier. However, you can file your tax return before February 15th. You can also check the progress of your return by visiting the Where’s My Refund page.

Adjusted Gross Income: If you are preparing your own taxes this year and plan to file electronically, you will need to know your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from the previous year or your prior-year Self-Select PIN. You can no longer use an electronic filing PIN when filing electronically. You can find your AGI from your 2015 federal income tax return on line 37 of the form 1040; line 21 of the form 1040-A; or line 4 of the form 1040-EZ.

Protection: The IRS has upgraded its identity verification process in order to protect taxpayers from impersonations and account takeovers. As a result, it is better if you prepare to register early on the Secure Access page in advance.

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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 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.

Why You Shouldn’t Panic about Rising Mortgage Rates

December 20, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Although mortgage rates have been on a steady rise in recent months, buyers should not panic because rates are still historically low. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.16 percent, up from 4.13 percent last week. This is up from 3.97 percent last year. This means buyers will pay approximately $21 more per month compared to a year ago on a $241,000 mortgage with a 20 percent down payment.

According to economists, the rise in interest rates should not deter potential buyers. In 1996, the average rate was 5.67 percent and in 1990 it was 10.13 percent. However, for the past ten years rates have been under five percent.

Mortgage rates are forecasted to gradually increase throughout 2017. As a result, home prices are also expected to rise.

“The era of ultra-low interest rates is over,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “The short-term rate hike will be followed by several additional rounds of increases in 2017 and 2018. Despite these moves, mortgage rates will not rise alarmingly.”

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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.

 

 

Darius Miles’ Bankruptcy is a Cautionary Tale for Young Athletes

December 19, 2016 Posted by kingcade

After filing for bankruptcy earlier in the year, former NBA superstar Darius Miles’ belongings were auctioned off last week in Belleville, IL. Miles reportedly made $62 million throughout his career that ended following a knee injury and two arrests between 2009 and 2011. Items that were auctioned off included: an autographed Lebron James jersey, an autographed Michael Vick jersey, a four-wheeler, a dining room set, four firearms, 10,000-plus DVDs and karaoke equipment.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, Miles’ bankruptcy was the result of unpaid child support, tax debt, a failed real estate deal and overspending. Profits from the auction held at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds will go to his creditors.

Miles was a first-round draft pick with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft and signed a contract worth $9 million. Miles played in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Portland and Memphis. He also starred in a movie with Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds and landed an endorsement with Michael Jordan’s athletic brand.

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.bnd.com/news/local/article102254247.html

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/ben-frederickson/benfred-miles-bankruptcy-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-young-athletes/article_b29ff674-5e2a-502c-b6ae-84bc1276bde7.html