Bankruptcy filings are down 11 percent compared to the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. March 2013 bankruptcy filings totaled 1,170,324 compared to 1,038,280 bankruptcy filings in the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014.
However, filings in April and May of this year have been most similar to the number of filings in April and May of 2013. The May 2014 daily bankruptcy filing rate was 4,079, which was a 7.0% decline on a year-over-year basis. There have been just over 405,500 bankruptcy filings in the first five months of 2014. With these latest numbers, the year-over-year bankruptcy filing rate has declined for forty-three straight months.
Some financial experts attribute the decline in consumer filings to “a low-interest rate environment” and consumers utilizing more government assistance programs, such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which has helped many underwater homeowners.
If you are in a 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.