Posts Tagged: ‘Bankruptcy Law’

Miami Ranked As One of the Worst Major U.S. Cities for Managing Money

July 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

CreditCards.com recently ranked the nation’s cities in terms of money management by comparing credit scores and an index of U.S. Census Bureau data including: average income, education level, unemployment rate and the population ages of the 25 largest cities. According to the report, Miami ranked as one of the worst major cities in the country for managing their money. In fact, Miami came in 22nd. Tampa ranked 23rd on the list with Washington, D.C. at 24th and Baltimore at 25th. Los Angeles was ranked as the best city in the nation at money management, followed by Minneapolis as second and New York as third.

In order to rank the cities, the report focused on which city residents were paying their bills on time, keeping low credit card balances and not “over-applying” for credit, according to CreditCards.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. The original theory was that the older, richer and more educated residents would have higher credit scores, however, the data proved that factors such as cost of living, divorce rate and mobility level greatly impacted scores.

For example, although the Washington D.C. residents brought home a larger annual income than most cities, they also carried significantly higher credit card balances than other cities.

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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, 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.

TREND ALERT: Middle Class Debt Falling Nationwide

September 12, 2013 Posted by kingcade

As the economy is steadily improving, middle class families are feeling the effects. According to Manilla.com, a financial organization website, total household debt- which includes outstanding mortgage, auto and college loan balances-fell 1.1% in the first quarter of this year among middle-class families. Overall, consumers are being more cautious before taking on new debts for major investments like homes, automobiles and education. Americans average mortgage debt was $150,200.21 as of July 1, down 4% since the end of 2012. Below are the top 10 cities with the highest mortgage balances:
• San Francisco: $312,301.64
• Los Angeles: $262,792.56
• San Diego: $258,548.22
• New York: $250,078.12
• Washington, D.C.: $226,444.31
• Seattle-Tacoma: $199,205.30
• Sacramento: $194,796.46
• Portland, Ore.: $176,452.78
• Boston: $176,350.70
• Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: $176,057.60

Auto loan balances have increased by 7.9% since the end of 2012, Manilla.com reports, because Americans are now willing to spend more on cars, which signals a stronger economy. Eight of the 10 markets with the highest auto loan balances remained consistent in the first half of 2013. The worst debt offenders for auto loans as of July 1 are:

• Little Rock-Pine Bluff: $17,797.82
• Houston: $17,078.08
• Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: $16,997.15
• New Orleans: $16,968.24
• New York: $16,672.47
• Memphis.: $16,538.02
• Birmingham.: $16,436.04
• Las Vegas: $16,294.38
• Waco-Temple-Bryan: $16,263.03
• San Antonio: $16,164.34

Click here to read more on the recent trend of middle class debts falling nationwide and the cities with the highest amount of debt.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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.

Dealing with Creditors and Debt Collectors While Filing for Bankruptcy in Florida

October 12, 2011 Posted by kingcade

One of the reasons that many people file for bankruptcy is that they are being harassed by debt collectors, or are facing wage garnishment and foreclosure, and they know they cannot turn around their financial situations without help. Filing bankruptcy stops all collection actions, including home foreclosure, but while people are in the process of filing a bankruptcy petition, they are often still dealing with creditors. Following some simple steps can reduce the stress of debt collectors bothering a person filing for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Protections

One of the most attractive benefits of bankruptcy is the stay of all foreclosure, garnishment, repossession and utility shut-off actions by creditors. Once a person files a bankruptcy petition, all of the person’s assets become part of the bankruptcy estate for the trustee to distribute to the creditors according to their priority under the law. Creditors cannot try to take money or other assets from the bankruptcy estate because it would potentially be “cutting in line” in front other creditors who have a higher priority.

Tips for Dealing with Creditors While Filing Bankruptcy

If a creditor is harassing a debtor with phone calls and letters during the time the debtor is filing the bankruptcy petition, the best course of action for the debtor is to inform the creditor that he or she is in the process of filing bankruptcy and that any actions to collect will be in vain.

It is advisable to keep all communications with the debt collector brief and only inform them of the upcoming bankruptcy petition. Many debt collectors will say things that are upsetting to the debtor or try to get the debtor to say things contrary to his or her interest. Writing a letter to the creditor is one possible way of ensuring that the communication is limited.

However, if a creditor has already obtained a judgment against a debtor against the debtor, the creditor may be motivated to act even more aggressively upon hearing the news that the debtor is filing bankruptcy by garnishing wages or bank accounts. The creditor cannot take more than $600 or the bankruptcy court will likely call that a “preference” and make the creditor return it. However, creditors may rush to garnish wages or accounts and take just under $600, knowing that they will likely be able to keep it and that is possibly the only payment they will ever see on the debt. In such a situation, the only remedy is to file the bankruptcy petition as quickly as possible.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. 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, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

New Survey Reveals Economic Factors Behind Bankruptcy

December 30, 2009 Posted by kingcade

CHICAGO, IL, (AttorneyNewsWire.com) — December 24, 2009 — As America closes out 2009 with roughly 1.45 million bankruptcy filings, a new survey reveals the possible economic factors behind the surge.

The statistics are based on a December 2009 survey of 1,000 people contacting Total Attorneys to connect with a bankruptcy lawyer.

The Economic Factors Survey
When asked which economic factor (job loss/wage reduction, the credit crunch, increased mortgage payments, gas prices or food prices) forced them to consider bankruptcy, 57% of respondents cited job loss/wage reduction.

“Widespread, long-term job loss means many people don’t have the income to cover basic living costs,” says Kevin Chern, bankruptcy attorney and president of Total Attorneys. “Bankruptcy may be a way for people to protect their homes and regain control over their finances.”

The Bankruptcy Relation Survey
In an indication of how much the bankruptcy idea has spread, 10% of people polled said they know three or more people who recently considered bankruptcy.

“Bankruptcy isn’t something that happens to someone else,” says Chern. “It’s not a sign of failure or irresponsibility. For many people it’s a way to protect their family.”

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