Posts Tagged: ‘Chapter 7 Bankruptcy’

New Data shows 43 Percent of Credit Card Holders Have More Than $15,000 in Debt

March 8, 2018 Posted by kingcade

According to the Federal Reserve, credit card debt is the highest it has ever been in the U.S. In December, American’s had a total of $1.029 trillion in credit card debt. This means the average household had $8,732 in credit card debt. A survey conducted by Student Loan Hero reported that 43 percent of credit card holders surveyed had more than $15,000 in credit card debt and 58 percent had at least $6,000 of credit card debt for more than a year.

The Federal Reserve also reported that the average interest rates on credit cards are approximately 14.99 percent, which makes it much more difficult for Americans to pay off their debt.

Carrying a consistent credit card balance is detrimental to your financial well-being. One option that is often overlooked by cardholders is getting a credit card consolidation loan. According to Student Loan Hero, only 52 percent of cardholders that have more than $6,000 in credit card debt have consolidated.

Below are three ways credit card consolidation loans may help you.

  1. They typically come with lower interest rates than credit cards do, meaning you are paying less in the long run.
  2. Installment loans set firm repayment plans, unlike credit card companies. This means you are more likely to pay off your debt when making your minimum payment each month.
  3. They combine your payments. This comes in handy if you have debts across multiple credit cards.

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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 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 Receives the Prestigious AVVO Clients’ Choice Award 2018

March 5, 2018 Posted by kingcade

MIAMI – (March 5, 2018) Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken (www.miamibankruptcy.com) was recently honored with the 2018 AVVO Clients’ Choice Award. In order to achieve this honor, an attorney must have received five or more exceptional client reviews for the same year.

One of attorney Kingcade’s recent clients had this to say on AVVO: “If you are going through a bankruptcy, I highly recommend Timothy Kingcade. He is by far the best in Florida. Mr. Kingcade handled my case with the utmost care and expertise. He is exceedingly proficient and well versed in the bankruptcy laws. He is truly a pro! Mr. Kingcade will ensure that the laws will work for you–so you can get a fresh new start!  After Kingcade & Garcia worked my case, in a span of only a few years, my credit score has rebounded immensely. From dismal lows, it has rocketed to 680 and even 700+ and going higher. I never had my credit score so high! I could not have done it without Mr. Kingcade and his Firm. I owe him much gratitude for his excellent work. If you’re going through a bankruptcy, do yourself a favor and give him a call.”

You can click here to read all of Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy Kingcade’s client reviews on AVVO.  Timothy has also earned a “Superb” 10.0 AVVO rating in the area of bankruptcy law, the highest rating an attorney can receive.  The rating is calculated using a mathematical model, which takes into consideration the years an attorney has practiced law, their professional achievements, discipline history and industry recognitions.  The rating is completely objective and unbiased.  Attorneys cannot pay or petition the site to have their rating changed, which makes AVVO one of the most respected lawyer rating services in country and an invaluable legal resource for consumers.

Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade has been dedicated to helping thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. Timothy is a certified public accountant (CPA), which allows him to better understand tax-motivated bankruptcy cases against the IRS. Timothy’s vast experience and expertise in the area of bankruptcy law allow him to know what bankruptcy trustees in the Southern District of Florida are looking for, preventing his clients from some of the pitfalls that can lead to the dismissal of a bankruptcy claim.

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Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. 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 P.A. 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.

The Key Differences between Secured Debt and Unsecured Debt

March 1, 2018 Posted by kingcade

There are two main types of debt, these include: Secured debt and unsecured debt.  Knowing the difference between the two can help you prioritize paying off your debts and keep your assets.  Secured debts are tied to an asset that is considered collateral for that debt.  Lenders place a lien on the asset, giving them the right to repossess it if you stop making payments on the loan.  Examples of secured debt include a car loan and a home mortgage.  A title loan is also a type of secured debt.

When it comes to unsecured debts, lenders do not have rights to any collateral for the debt.  If you fall behind on payments or stop paying all together, the lender can generally not take any of your assets for the debt.  The lender can take other actions against you to collect on the debt.  For example, file a lawsuit against you and ask the court to garnish your wages.  Unsecured debt can include credit card debt, student loans and medical bills.

So how do you know which debts to prioritize? Secured debts, those tied to a specific piece of property, are typically the best choice to pay first.  These payments are often harder to catch up on if you fall behind and you risk losing essential assets, like your home or vehicle.  Here are some ways bankruptcy can affect your debts– both secured and unsecured.

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.thebalance.com/the-difference-between-secured-and-unsecured-debts-960181

What Happens to Your Home When Filing for Bankruptcy?

February 28, 2018 Posted by kingcade

When a person files for bankruptcy, a common concern is whether he or she will be able to keep their home. If you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida, you can use Florida bankruptcy exemptions to protect your property. Residents are provided unlimited exemptions for homestead, annuities, and the cash surrender value of a life insurance policy.

Whether or not a person who is filing bankruptcy under Chapter 7 can keep their home depends on how much equity they have in the home, as well as what state he or she is filing in. Every state has a different homestead exemption level, which sets the amount of home equity an individual may exempt from the assets being sold to satisfy creditors under Chapter 7. As long as the equity in the home is less than the amount allowed by state law in his or her state, the person filing for bankruptcy may keep their home.

Florida has one of the most generous homestead exemptions in the country. To use Florida’s exemptions, you must have resided in Florida for at least 730 days before filing your bankruptcy petition. To claim the full value of the homestead exemption in Florida, you must have owned the property for at least 1,215 days before the bankruptcy filing.  Here are some of the most common Florida bankruptcy exemptions.

If you have any questions on the topic of bankruptcy exemptions or 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 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: http://info.legalzoom.com/happens-home-one-files-bankruptcy-24028.html

 

 

 

Why Credit Card Debt is Bad for Your Health

February 21, 2018 Posted by kingcade

The economy is improving and with that comes consumer confidence, increased spending and rising credit card debt.  But while household income has grown over the past decade, so has the cost of living.  This has caused many consumers to access lines of credit and utilize more credit cards.  Credit card debt hit its highest point ever in 2017, surpassing $1 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve.

Close to 2 in 5 consumers who have been in credit card debt say it has affected their overall happiness, according to a recent study by NerdWallet. One-third said it negatively affected their standard of living, and 1 in 5 said it negatively impacted their health. Still, the average American has about three credit cards and a total balance of $6,375, up nearly 3% from last year, according to Experian’s annual study on the state of credit and debt in America.

There are steps you can take to deal with credit card debt with rising interest rates.  Don’t let your debt cost you another sleepless night. Sit down with an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney to discuss your options in greater detail.  The consultation is free, the relief is real. 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.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/budget-and-spending/2018/02/19/why-credit-card-debt-can-bad-your-health/341044002/