Archive for: ‘August 2017’

Credit Card Debt a Growing Concern for College Students

August 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A recent study conducted by Nellie Mae, the nation’s leading student finance firm, revealed that the average undergraduate carries a credit card balance of $2,169.  According to the study, many students use their credit cards without knowing how the bills will even be paid off.  It also showed that many students used credit cards to pay for tuition and books, instead of federal student loans that offer lower interest rates.

Four out of five college students amass nearly $1,000 a year in credit card debt.  One cause of credit card debt is college students’ difficulty in adjusting to their newfound financial freedom.  Parents and students need to come up with a budget for credit card spending before their child leaves for college.  Make sure your college student knows not to use money they do not have, even for a one-time purchase.

Use resources available to keep them on the right path.  You and your college student should sign-up for overdraft alerts on all accounts. Online alerts and apps on your Smartphone can help with this.

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://www.fastweb.com/personal-finance/articles/dealing-with-credit-card-debt

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Credit-card-debt-a-mounting-concern-for-college-students-441338263.html

Student Loan Servicer Accused of Mismanaging Debt Forgiveness Program

August 29, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of Massachusetts, one of the country’s biggest servicers of federal student loans has mismanaged its debt forgiveness program, raising repayment costs for hundreds of thousands of borrowers who work in public service jobs.

The loan servicer, FedLoan, has made numerous errors, potentially keeping many students in debt far longer than they expected, according to Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general.

The company’s actions have jeopardized the financial futures of teachers and public servants nationwide. Consumer watchdogs and government officials have raised concern with the government’s public service loan forgiveness program, which promises qualifying workers — including teachers, librarians, police officers and doctors and nurses — forgiveness of their remaining federal student loans in return for a decade of full-time service.

Approximately 612,000 borrowers have signed up for the loan forgiveness program and submitted at least one approved certification, according to data from the Education Department.  However, many of the borrowers are concerned about how many of their monthly payments will be counted — or even if the certification itself will be revoked.

The Education Department said that the approval notices the company sends to borrowers seeking certification are not binding and can be rescinded by the department at any time. Four of those borrowers whose approvals were withdrawn are in continuing litigation with the department.  The Education Department says their student loan debt forgiveness was in error.

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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.

More Seniors Taking Out Loans Against Their Homes – But at What Cost?

August 28, 2017 Posted by kingcade

An increasing number of seniors facing foreclosure are opting to take out reverse mortgages on their property, according to recent federal data.  A reverse mortgage allows cash-strapped seniors to borrow against the equity in their home that has built up over the decades- but it also comes with financial risk.  Property owners are still responsible for keeping up with other charges, including the taxes and insurance on the property.

A HUD report issued last fall found that nearly 90,000 reverse mortgage loans held by seniors were at least 12 months behind in payment of taxes and insurance and were expected to end in “involuntary termination” in 2017.  That is more than double the number the year before.

More than 18 percent of reverse mortgage loans taken out from 2009 to June 2016 are expected to go into default because of unpaid taxes and insurance, according to the HUD report.

The federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has warned seniors about deceptive advertising practices when it comes to reverse mortgages.  Last year, the federal agency fined three companies — American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions and Aegean Financial — for alleged false claims, misleading seniors to believe that if they took out a reverse mortgage they would not have to make monthly payments or face foreclosure, leaving out the risks of failing to pay property charges.

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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.

6 Things Debt Collectors May Not Want You To Know

August 25, 2017 Posted by kingcade

If you have been contacted by a debt collector in the last year, you are not alone. Nearly a third of all U.S. consumers have reported being contacted by a creditor or debt collector about a debt. As a consumer, your rights are protected by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Here are some key facts to know if a debt collector contacts you.

  1. You do not have to reveal personal information. Debt collectors might ask you for your Social Security number, date of birth or other information. However, you are not legally required to provide this information. Collectors should use the information they already have available to them.
  2. You have a right to ask for details – and you can ask a debt collector not to contact you. You should always ask that they verify the accuracy of the debt. This means the collector must provide details of the debt when they speak to you, or in writing, within five days of the call. This allows you to confirm that you actually owe the amount. If the information is inaccurate, you have 30 days to dispute the debt.
  3. You can ask to have a settled debt removed from your credit reports. If you pay off an account in collections in full, it will not erase it from your credit reports right away. In fact, it will remain on your reports for seven years. However, if you negotiate with the debt collector to settle the debt, you can ask to have that debt removed from your credit reports.
  4. Debts have a statute of limitations. State laws determine how long a creditor has to collect an amount owed to them. The time period ranges from two to six years. After this time, you still owe the debt, however; creditors can no longer come after you to collect it. This type of debt is sometimes called zombie debt or time-barred debt.
  5. You can file a complaint. If you believe a debt collector is acting unethically or has violated your rights as a consumer, contact authorities. Some states have debt collection laws that differ from the FDCPA.

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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.

Student Loan Debt Impact on Older Americans

August 24, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loan debt is not just a problem for younger Americans; a new study shows older Americans are shouldering an increasing share of the nation’s $1.34 trillion student loan debt.

A new report released by FICO showed the percentage of Americans ages 65 and older with student loan debt increased 300 percent from 2006 to 2016. This jump is three times higher than the increase in student loan debt seen in Americans ages 35-64. The trend is expected to continue increasing as the population ages and older employees turn to workforce retraining programs to learn new labor skills.

The report also showed that the age group with the highest amount of student loan delinquencies is Americans aged 25-34, with a default rate of 25.1 percent. However, older Americans are also having a more difficult time repaying their debts. Delinquencies for Americans ages 65 and older were 13.5 percent last year, which is an increase of 3.6 percent from the prior decade.

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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.