Posts Tagged: ‘Chapter 7 Bankruptcy’

The Surprising Debts Holding Many Americans Back

June 15, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent survey, student loans and credit card bills are not the only debt holding many Americans back.  Credit Sesame, a site consumers can use to check their credit score, analyzed more than 5,000 user accounts and found they had significant amounts of debt from medical expenses, utility bills and cell phone charges.

Consumers whose medical debt had gone into collections had an average of three accounts, with a combined total of $3,670 in collections.  The average balance for customers who had cell phone bills in collections totaled $887 per account.  Customers whose utility bills were in collections owe $368 on average per account, the study concluded.

Not surprisingly, having those bills in collections hurt consumers’ credit scores.  The average credit score for someone whose medical debt is in collections is 552.  Those who have delinquent cell phone accounts have average scores of 550.  And those who have outstanding utility bills have a score of 542.

Lenders see applicants with lower credit scores as riskier than applicants with higher credit scores.  They oftentimes make you pay for this risk by charging a higher interest rate.  A poor credit score can affect your ability to rent an apartment, as landlords often check an applicant’s credit score before allowing you to sign a lease.

Utility companies may require you pay a deposit before setting up your service.  Even certain jobs and employers can discriminate against applicants who have a less than perfect credit report. Certain jobs, particularly those in upper management or the finance industry, require a good credit history.  Note: employers check your credit report and not your credit score.  They are not necessarily checking for bad credit, but for items that could affect your job performance.

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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.thebalance.com/side-effects-of-bad-credit-960383

“Disappearing” Bankruptcies Could Prompt new wave of Home Buying

June 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Approximately 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear from their credit reports over the next five years.  Chapter 7 personal bankruptcies peaked in 2010 during the housing market crash then decreased over the next few years before leveling off in late 2015 – 2016.

The number of Chapter 7 bankruptcies, the most common type of bankruptcy, which involves no repayment plan and in most cases is a complete discharge of debt, increased to nearly 1.14 million, in 2010.

Now seven years later, millions of Americans are seeing these bankruptcies fall off their credit reports, improving their credit scores and allowing them to re-enter the housing market and purchase a home.

Credit scores reached a record high this spring, which we discussed in a recent blog.  This will create even more buyers in an already competitive market.  With home prices continuing to increase as inventory levels drop, experts do not expect it to let up anytime soon.

Hispanic homeownership could also see an increase in the next few years as the President and his administration seek to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which could give lenders more freedom to originate loans outside traditional qualified mortgages.

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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 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.

Credit Scores Hit Record High as Economy Continues to Improve

June 2, 2017 Posted by kingcade

U.S. consumers’ credit scores reached a record high this spring thanks to falling unemployment and continued economic growth. An added bonus: The passage of time since the recession and housing market crash has helped many household balance sheets. Bankruptcies and foreclosures are now falling off Americans’ credit reports.

More than six million U.S. adults will have personal bankruptcies disappear over the next five years, according to a recent Barclays PLC report. Wiping away these events helps boost consumers’ credit scores. Lenders rely on both credit reports and scores when qualifying consumers for loans and determining interest rates.

The higher scores lead to more available credit and more activity in terms of loan approvals and credit card approvals. The average credit score nationwide was 700 in April, according to data from Fair Isaac Corp.  Average credit scores have not been that high since 2005.

The share of consumers deemed to be the most risky, with credit scores below 600, hit a new low of roughly 40 million, or 20% of U.S. adults who have FICO scores. That is a decline from 20.5% in October and a peak of 25.5% in 2010.

Consumers who filed in 2007 for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common type of bankruptcy, in which certain debts are discharged and creditors can get paid back from sales of consumers’ assets are starting to see those events fall off their credit reports. Some 500,000 Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases were filed in 2007, a figure that ballooned to nearly 1.1 million in 2010, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

As credit scores rise, banks and other lenders are likely to make credit more widely available to consumers, and at a lower cost. Consumers who have a bankruptcy filing removed from their credit report experience a near $1,500 increase in spending limits and $800 more in credit-card debt within three years, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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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 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.

 

Dance Moms Reality Star Abby Lee Sentenced to One Year in Prison

May 10, 2017 Posted by kingcade

This week Abby Miller, former “Dance Moms” star was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. The reality TV star was charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the U.S. without reporting it.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti also fined Miller $40,000 on top of the $120,000 in currency she is forfeiting as a part of the guilty pleas she entered last year. She was also ordered to spend two years on probation after her prison sentence.

In late 2010, Miller filed for bankruptcy after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Penn Hills, outside of Pittsburgh.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti nearly approved a plan to let her repay her creditors at lower interest rates and longer terms before he saw her on TV one night. Miller had declared in court that she was only making $8,899 per month.

It is a crime to deceive a bankruptcy judge regarding one’s income and assets because that information is used to determine how much and how soon creditors will receive in the court-ordered repayment plan.

She later paid out $288,000 in TV income she did not initially report in 2012, then the federal investigators found that she had hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.

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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 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.

Tips for Seniors Struggling with Credit Card Debt

May 2, 2017 Posted by kingcade

If you are a senior struggling with credit card debt, you are not alone.  For the first time, middle-class households headed by someone 50-plus years of age carried more credit card debt on average than households of people younger than 50, according to a recent study by Demos National Survey on Credit Card Debt.  Half of the respondents said they carried medical debt on their credit cards and a third said they used credit cards to pay for daily expenses.

Seniors carry credit card debt for a variety of reasons.  Some are still paying off educational loans or their children’s educational loans.  Many seniors are carrying credit card debt into retirement.  The debt may have been management when they were working, but has become a burden when their income level drops.  Oftentimes, medical debt compounds the problem, as health insurance only covers a portion of healthcare costs.

Here are some tips for seniors to help take control and manage their credit card debt:

  • Find a nonprofit credit counselor.  The sooner you seek help, the better.
  • Contact your credit card company to see if you can work out a payment plan.
  • Adjust your lifestyle. Cut your expenses (i.e. – expensive cell phone plans, cable and Internet packages);
  • Get help with budgeting. Paying off your debts only works if your spending is under control.  Know where your money is going every month.  Making a few small changes  to your monthly expenses can add up and give you more money to pay down debt.
  • For medical debt, talk with your doctor’s office to see what your options are. Avoid medical credit cards they may offer you; these come with very high interest rates, regardless of your credit score.
  • Consider a reverse mortgage. There are many ways you can use your home to get through difficult financial times, but there are risks associated with taking this route.  Make sure this will solve your financial problem without adding to it.
  • Consider bankruptcy. If you are struggling with insurmountable credit card or medical debt, bankruptcy may be right for you.  This option will allow you to reorganize your financial situation and discharge your debts if you cannot pay them.  There are several different types of bankruptcy, so you want to carefully weigh your options.  Many bankruptcy attorneys offer free consultations and will advise you on the best course of action.

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 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.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/retirement/2017/04/09/seniors-rising-credit-card-debt-squeezes-tight/100102614/