Archive for: ‘April 2018’

Landlord Held in Contempt of Court for Willful Violation of the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

April 30, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Miami bankruptcy attorney Timothy S. Kingcade’s Motion Granted, Creditor Required to Cease and Desist all Eviction Proceedings and Pay Attorney’s Fees

MIAMI – (April 30, 2018) Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade, founding partner of Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken successfully obtained an Order for his client in a Chapter 7 case, granting Emergency Relief Requested.  Florida Bankruptcy Judge, A. Jay Cristol signed an order holding the landlord / creditor, Jonathan Smith and Delores Smith in Contempt of Court for Intentional Violation of the Automatic Stay (In re Montalvo Case No. 18-11489-AJC). Creditor, Jonathan Smith and Delores Smith are directed to immediately cease and desist all eviction proceedings and pay Kingcade Garcia McMaken $2,250.00 in attorney’s fees for having to bring forth the motion to enforce the automatic stay and protect its client.

“We are extremely pleased with this victory for our client today.  The landlord in this case completely disregarded the automatic stay put in place that protects bankruptcy clients from harassment and repossession of property. Despite having actual knowledge of the bankruptcy and automatic stay protections, this landlord continued to harass and threaten my client, causing them unnecessary distress, even going so far as to serving them with an eviction lawsuit during the case,” Kingcade said.

The Order directs creditor, Jonathan Smith and Delores Smith, jointly and severally, to pay attorney’s fees to Kingcade Garcia McMaken for having to bring forth this action and to cease and desist all eviction proceedings until further order of court.

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Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken 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 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.

For more information visit, https://www.miamibankruptcy.com/.

Seniors See Rise in Personal Debt

April 26, 2018 Posted by kingcade

While personal debt can affect people of all ages, few are affected by it more than seniors who are already living on fixed incomes.  A recent study by the Washington, D.C.-based Employee Benefit Research Institute highlights the risk of financial strain that comes with aging.  Researchers found that between 1992 and 2016, a higher percentage of American families headed by people age 55 and older are struggling with debt.

The increase in those carrying debt has been most prevalent among families headed by those age 75 and older, where the percentage rose from 31.2 percent in 2007 to 49.8 percent in 2016.  The debt is coming from different sources. A number of seniors are helping their children and grandchildren attend college by co-signing student loans.  In fact, the number of people age 60 and older with student loan debt as quadrupled in the last 10 years to 2.8 million, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

As these borrowers age, it becomes more difficult to afford the monthly payments while also paying for necessary food, housing, prescriptions, and medical expenses. The trouble begins for many seniors when they begin using credit cards to pay for basic living expenses.

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If you have 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 McMaken 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

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade is proud to announce the release of his new e-book

April 25, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade is proud to announce the release of his new e-book, Restart Rebuild and Recover: Filing Bankruptcy in Florida.  FREE to download on TimothyKingcade.com and MiamiBankruptcy.com.

It is a must-read for anyone considering filing bankruptcy in Florida.

Here is what the book covers:

  • THE TOP 3 DANGERS OF FILING BANKRUPTCY WITHOUT EXPERIENCED LEGAL COUNSEL

DANGER 1: Beware of Filing Bankruptcy Pro Se

DANGER 2:  Beware of “Do-It-Yourself” Bankruptcy Kits in Florida

DANGER 3: Without experienced legal counsel, you may not receive the best advice on which type of bankruptcy is best for your particular situation – Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

  • HOW TO PAY? We will show you how you can afford to hire experienced legal counsel and strategies to cover your legal fees.
  • CHARTING YOUR PATH TO A BRIGHTER FINANCIAL FUTURE We discuss what happens after you file and the steps you can take to rebuild your credit, your savings and your peace of mind.

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 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.

 

Foreclosure Starts Increase Last Month

April 23, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Foreclosure starts increased 12 percent to a total of 52,100 in March as later-stage hurricane-related delinquencies began to roll over into active foreclosure starts. The report by First Look on Mortgage performance released by Black Knight, noted that more than two-thirds of these foreclosure starts were in hurricane-impacted areas of Florida and Texas.

Despite the increase, national delinquency rates dropped to a 12-month low of 3.73 percent, in March and continued improvements in hurricane-related delinquencies, according the report.

The month of March is typically a calendar—year low for delinquencies. Delinquencies declined 13 percent during March, which can be partially attributed to borrowers using their tax returns to help bring their mortgage current. The report also noted that serious delinquencies fell by 65,000, and by nearly 20,000 in areas impacted by the hurricanes last year.

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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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

How to Recover After Bankruptcy

April 20, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Even the most financially responsible people can fall on hard sometimes, whether it be a sudden illness, job loss or divorce.  As many as 78 percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck-to-paycheck and 71 percent are already in debt, according to a recent study by CareerBuilder.  With statistics like this it is not surprising how quickly finances can spiral out of control.

Having to file for bankruptcy can take an emotional and financial toll, but sometimes it is the only option. In 2017 alone, there were 765,863 non-business bankruptcy filings, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

While you cannot offset the impact of bankruptcy to your credit, there are things you can do to improve it over time.

While each case is different, bankruptcy can completely wipe out credit card debt, medical bills, personal loans, past-due utility bills and even rent.  Rebuilding your credit after bankruptcy can start by sticking to a budget and paying all of your bills on time.

A powerful tool to help improve your credit score is a secured credit card. These cards require a deposit, which can be equal to your spending limit. Applying for new credit too soon or having multiple denials can hurt your credit even more.

One of the biggest myths about filing for bankruptcy is that it will ruin your credit score and your financial future forever.  To the contrary, after filing for bankruptcy you can begin restoring your credit immediately.

Still not convinced?  A testimonial from one of our clients in regards to their credit score after filing for bankruptcy.

My credit score said on all three reports 775, I couldn’t believe that I had such a great score before 10 years. Tim for me was the best move I have made for my situation. I have no regrets, I am glad the past is the past. – Bill T.

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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 McMaken 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.