Archive for: ‘September 2017’

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Receives Prestigious Client Champion Platinum Award 2017 from Martindale-Hubbell

September 21, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. was awarded the 2017 Client Champion Platinum Award from Martindale-Hubbell on September 19, 2017, joining the top 1% of attorneys nationwide.

“We are proud to recognize these attorneys who epitomize the best in client service,” said Diana Schulz, President of the Martindale division. “This award showcases those attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to client service as confirmed by their clients and makes it easier for buyers of legal services to select the right lawyer.”

The 2017 Client Champion Platinum Award appears on Timothy S. Kingcade’s Lawyers.com and Martindale.com profile pages.

Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which designates the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards an attorney can receive. This rating indicates that an attorney’s colleagues and judiciary perceive him to be at the pinnacle of professional success. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability, derived from evaluations of lawyers by members of the bar and the United States judiciary.  The Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, which include: Legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.

Attorney Kingcade practices exclusively in the field of bankruptcy law, handling Chapter 7 and 13 filings and foreclosure defense cases for the Southern District of Florida.  As an experienced CPA and proven bankruptcy attorney, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of their rights under the bankruptcy laws to restart, rebuild and recover.

Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken, 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 McMaken 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.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW website and new firm name, Kingcade Garcia McMaken!

September 20, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The new site URL is https://www.miamibankruptcy.com/ and features valuable consumer information and extensive resources in our main area of practice: Bankruptcy law. The updated site is interactive and mobile-friendly.  We have improved the configuration of our content, making it easier to navigate.

Special features of the new site include an updated News & Resources section with informative videos and media coverage, a special section devoted to Tips for Dealing with Debt Collectors, hundreds of new Client Testimonials and the Miami Bankruptcy Law Blog, your go-to resource for all things bankruptcy!

Have a bankruptcy question?  Visit our Miami Bankruptcy Q & A section.

The new site is customized for our Spanish speaking clients as well. Readers can find biographical information about the attorneys and staff, along with notable case results and significant verdicts the firm has obtained for its clients.

We offer a wide array of information to potential clients seeking bankruptcy information. Among other topics, we invite you to learn about:

We have included numerous calls-to-action throughout the new site and an opt-in form to sign up for our firm’s monthly e-newsletter.  We will be updating the new site continuously with informative articles, blogs and firm announcements – so please come back and visit, soon!

Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken, 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.

U.S. Cracks Down on Collection of Private Student Loan Debt

September 19, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The U.S. consumer financial watchdog has ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc., to pay at least $21.6 million for attempting to collect on out-of-date loans and possible non-existent loans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) alleges that the companies sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was even owed or pursued collections where the debt was too old, relying on false and misleading legal documents.  There were at least 486 lawsuits filed where the statute of limitations had expired on the debt.

As a result, consumers made payments of at least $3.5 million on debt they did not owe, according to the CFPB. Transworld agreed to settle by paying a $2.5 million, which is part of the total of amount of at least $21.6 million.

Offered by banks and other companies, private student loans do not provide the same borrower protections and repayment options as federal student loans.

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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 McMaken, 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Step-by-Step Guide to Surviving the Equifax Data Breach

September 18, 2017 Posted by kingcade

One of the largest data breaches in history has compromised the personal data of 143 million people. Equifax, a major credit bureau, lost control of customer data that included social security numbers, home addresses, credit card numbers, drivers’ license numbers and date of births.  The company estimates roughly half of the U.S. population has been affected by the breach, and this sensitive data could have been exposed to hackers.

Equifax will not specifically tell you if you are a victim, but we have a guide for you and a quick recap of what you may have missed post Hurricane Irma.

The data breach could have started as early as May 2017, which means the data could have been exposed for more than three months.  It is unclear what the hackers may have done with the data during those months.

Here is what you can do to protect yourself:

Check your credit reports. When looking through your reports, keep an eye out for any new accounts you did not open, late payments on debts you do not recognize and any other suspicious activity.  You are guaranteed a free annual credit report from the three major bureaus.  Click HERE to download your free credit report.  You will not be held responsible for charges made on a fraudulent credit card.  However, this must be reported in a timely manner.

Freeze your credit. Even if your credit comes back clean it is still early and one of the most reliable ways to prevent someone from opening up credit cards in your name is to place what is called a “credit freeze.”   You can contact each of the three credit bureaus by calling:

Set up a fraud alert.  When you set up a fraud alert, credit card companies will be required to verify your identity before opening an account. To activate a fraud alert, contact just one of the credit card bureaus and ask for an initial fraud alert. When the alert is set, it will be in effect for 90 days.

Be mindful of tax season.  Identity thieves can use stolen social security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns and receive refunds.  Many victims find out they are a victim of tax fraud after the IRS tells them their taxes have already been filed.  One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to file early.

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: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/your-guide-to-surviving-equifax-data-breach/

Why Paying off Your Student Loan Debt Early Could be a Mistake

September 14, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The average college student who graduated in 2016 had approximately $37,172 in student loan debt.  While experts offer differing opinions on exactly which types of debts are considered good and bad, everyone agrees that debt on something that will end up making you money in the long run is essentially “good debt.”

A 2013 study based on Labor Department statistics showed that Americans holding a four-year college degree made 98% more per hour on average than those without a degree. Student loans are typically a low interest debt, as opposed to credit card debt which is typically the most expensive kind of debt.

The interest rate for undergraduate federal student loans disbursed in 2017 was 4.45%; the rate for federal graduate student loans was 6%. Compare that to the average credit card APR of 15.59%.

The Department of Education allows student borrowers to choose from up to eight different repayment plan options, several of which are designed for those with low income levels. If one repayment plan does not work, you can switch to another.

Private student loan debt is different and comes with a higher interest rate.  Private student loan lenders offer what is called “financial hardship forbearance,” which means you can suspend your payments due to financial hardship but the interest continues to accrue and is added to the balance.

Paying your student loan debt consistently overtime can lead to debt forgiveness.  Certain federal student loan repayment plans can result in automatic debt forgiveness. If you choose the Income-Based Repayment Plan, the Income-Contingent Repayment Plan, or either of the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plans, any balance you owe on your federal loans after 25 years will be automatically forgiven.  Student loan debt interest is also tax deductible, something you will see in your refund after filing your personal taxes.

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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 McMaken, 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.