Posts Tagged: ‘Chapter 7 Bankruptcy’

Increase in Personal Bankruptcy Filings among LuLaRoe Consultants Spark Speculation

November 10, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A number of women who currently or formerly sold clothing through LuLaRoe have seen income from their “small businesses” decline dramatically in recent months, forcing some of the women to file for bankruptcy.

The personal bankruptcy filings- from January 2016 to October 2017- came up during a search of court records because the women or couples filing said they were “doing business” as Lularoe or LuLa Roe.”  At least 24 have been identified, but it is estimated the number is much higher.

Experts noticed on average that the families reported a “quick downward fall” in income from their business from around 2015 to when they filed.  For example, one woman, a single mom in California reported she made $61,330 in 2016 from “operating a business,” which is presumed to be her LuLaRoe business since it is the only one she says she owns.

But from January to July 2017, she had only made $10,547.42 from her business, less than half she had made midway through the year before. She reported her average net income in 2017 from her business was $184.39 a month.

She was spending just as much in some months, if not more, on “operating expenses” for her business as she was making, according to the filing.  For example, in May 2017 she earned $1,796.12, but spent $2,666.13 to keep her business afloat.

She lists $28,991 in assets and $8,000 worth of “inventory.”  Her $85,253.43 in debts include thousands of dollars on multiple credit cards and almost $1,000 owed to her Paypal merchant account.  She filed for bankruptcy in July of 2017.

Some of the other women identified, listed unpaid unsecured business loans, which shows a “clearer tie to the LuLaRoe” business.”

The co-founders of LuLaRoe appeared on CBS This Morning to speak out against the recent allegations the company is facing about merchandise quality and refund policy complaints.  A $1 billion lawsuit was filed on October 23 by two former consultants on behalf of all LuLaRoe consultants alleging the company is operating a pyramid scheme.

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 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.

Related Resources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lularoe-clothing-retailer-founders-speak-out-against-pyramid-scheme-accusations/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/lularoe-bankruptcy?utm_term=.bjkXAJ1kn#.vva5gXLwK

Bankruptcy Filings Hit 10-Year Low

November 7, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Bankruptcy filings have taken another plunge, marking a 10-year low for any 12-month period, according to the latest numbers from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC).

Annual filings totaled 790,830 through September, compared with 805,580 in the previous year. This was the lowest number of bankruptcy filings for any 12-month period since June 2007, according to the AOUSC. However, the statistics show that Chapter 12 filings totaled 508, an increase from 458 in 2016.

The 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code made Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies more complex and expensive, but did not do the same for Chapter 12.  The national wave of bankruptcy filings that began in 2008 reached a peak in September 2010 when nearly 1.6 million bankruptcies were filed, according to the AOUSC.

Breakdown of Filings by Chapter for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2017 are as follows:

  •  Chapter 7 filings totaled 486,542, down from 498,367 in 2016.
  •  Chapter 11 filings totaled 7,052, down from 7,450 in 2016.
  •  Chapter 12 filings totaled 508, an increase from 458 in 2016.
  •  Chapter 13 filings totaled 296,599, down from 299,150 in 2016.

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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.

Scientologist with “Super Power” Can’t Discharge Tax Debt, says Bankruptcy Judge

November 3, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Super powers could not save well-known Scientologist, Matt Feshbach and his wife Kathy from $3.8 million dollars in tax debt owed.  Florida federal bankruptcy Judge Catherine Peek McEwen had this to say in her ruling:

“The Feshbachs made poor spending decisions, continually leading a life of excess in the face of serious, known financial obstacles. At all times, their primary concern should have been reducing their substantial tax debt. But as their immoderate spending choices show, they were far more focused on living in the lap of luxury. They would have been wise to heed the proverb which cautions that enough is better than too much. As it is, however, the Feshbachs misjudgment ultimately cost them complete relief. Having concluded that the Feshbachs willfully attempted to evade their tax debt within the meaning of 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(C), the Court rules that such debt is nondischargeable. Accordingly, the Court will enter a separate final judgment in favor of the United States in this proceeding.”

The couple, who is considered Scientology royalty, had accumulated $13 million in revenue since getting into trouble with their taxes, but refused to make good on their $3.8 million tax debt.  As legal documents prove, the couple did not attempt to slow down their spending as the case was going through court:

“$722,000 was spent on personal travel (including $233,000 for a rental home in Aspen), a half-million on clothing, another $370,000 on groceries, (plus another $78,000 eating out) and $147,000 plus on entertainment…$360,000 on their children, including a private education for their son. But more important than their children was the private chef, who cost more than $610,000 over eight years.”

What is most shocking is that during the same time the Feshbach’s knew they were being investigated by government agencies and as they were trying to low-ball and delay payment to the IRS, they continued spending at an excessive rate, assuming the court would discharge their IRS debt anyway.

A couple of examples that were found in IRS documents that were part of the bankruptcy court file include:  In 2011, IRS investigators found the couple’s claim to being “penniless” was “hardly credible” when they discovered that the couple was spending thousands of dollars a month to send their 14-year-old son to Scientology’s pricey “Delphi Academy” private school in Oregon.  One of the largest credit card charges they found in that period was nearly $10,000 for “Scientology publications.”

Matt Feshbach was the first Scientologist in the world to go through “Super Power” processing because in the 1990s he had made a $1 million donation to the Super Power project, which eventually resulted in the “Flag Building” being opened in November 2013.

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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

Filing for Bankruptcy: Important Things You Need to Know

October 31, 2017 Posted by kingcade

For any individual or company contemplating filing for bankruptcy, the decision should not be taken lightly.  It is important to understand what to expect once you initiate the process.  Here are some important things you need to know before filing:

Types of bankruptcy.  Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are the two basic options individuals have when filing for bankruptcy. There are key differences between the two and choosing the right one is critical for the success of your bankruptcy case. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation form of bankruptcy that can discharge all or most of your debts. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a form of reorganization that involves creating a payment plan to pay back creditors over a period of time. This process can take between three and five years. Businesses can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but at the end of the process the business will cease to exist.  The most popular type of business bankruptcy is Chapter 11, which allows businesses to reorganize their debts and continue operating.

Bankruptcy is not free.  Some people are surprised to hear this.  As opposed to a straightforward Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the cost of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy is typically more because it is stretched out over the course of several years.  You cannot go wrong scheduling an appointment with an experienced bankruptcy attorney to discuss the best path for your financial future.  Many offer FREE consultations and Saturday appointments to best assess your financial situation and provide guidance moving forward.

Bankruptcy does not eliminate all of your debts.  Bankruptcy will discharge your unsecured debts, such as medical bills, payday loans, outstanding utility bills, and credit card debt, but it will not eliminate the following:

  • Student loans
  • Alimony
  • Child support
  • Taxes
  • Real estate liens

You will also have to attend something called a meeting of creditors before completion of the bankruptcy process. Creditors have one final opportunity to dispute the discharge of any debts that you owe.

When in doubt, meet with a professional. How do you know if filing for bankruptcy is right for you?  It can be difficult to make this decision without consulting with an experienced bankruptcy attorney, first.  Receiving this professional guidance can help ensure you will take the right financial steps, complete all of the proper forms and avoid doing anything that could disqualify you from getting your debts discharged.

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 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.

Related Resources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymyler/2017/10/03/filing-for-bankruptcy-3-most-important-things-you-need-to-know/#81d8d257fe66

Student Loan Debt is Taking a Mental Toll on Young People

October 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Over the last decade, student loan debt has jumped to an all time high of $1.4 trillion.  The average outstanding balance for college students is $34,144.  According to a recent survey, 80 percent of working professionals with student loan debt said it is a source of “significant” or “very significant” stress.

Many millennials said student loans have impacted their ability to go on vacation, buy a car, pay rent or afford necessities like food and clothing.  Then there are the long term effects, such as buying a home, getting married or having children.  A number of young adults have to put these major milestones on hold.

For a graduate with a bachelor’s degree, the typical student loan payment is approximately $265 a month, but some students have $400, $800 or even $1,200 a month in student loan payments.

According to a separate report, more than 60 percent of those surveyed said they fear their student loan debt worries are spiraling out of control, even more reported suffering from headaches or lack of sleep from the stress.

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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.