Posts Tagged: ‘Financial Crisis’

Bankruptcy Provision for Big Banks Could be Trump’s Next Target

February 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The special bankruptcy procedure for large financial institutions may be a Trump target, according to a recent article in the New York Times.  The Dodd-Frank’s bankruptcy provision, originally enacted in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis, allowed the banks who were essentially “too big to fail,” do just that.

Many of the proposals to create a new part of the bankruptcy code for banks have not offered any real solutions.  The proposals provide no real way to deal with anything beyond a very specific form of bank failure.

If the bank fails in any way other than as predicted, the proposed legislation would be useless. This will in turn lead to a plea from Wall Street for bailouts. If that happens during a Trump administration, it will be interesting to see what happens next.

Who could have predicted the failure of Lehman Brothers or the near collapse of  insurance giant, AIG?  The financial panics caused by these collapses result in mass financial destruction- even when some degree of bailout is extended.

There is no doubt that without government assistance to both the banks and the automakers, the effects of 2008-09 would have been far worse.

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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

America’s Foreclosure Crisis Isn’t Over Yet

March 9, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Goldman Sachs is the latest big bank to settle claims related to its role in the 2008 housing crisis. The global investment bank reached a deal with the U.S. government, agreeing to pay $5.1 billion as part of the settlement. Nearly $2 billion of which will be set aside for programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

During the height of the financial crisis, the government’s top priority was backstopping the nation’s banking system. Congress authorized $475 billion for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Approximately $46 billion of that was allocated to programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Tens of billions of dollars were also set aside following a string of settlements between the government and a number of Wall Street banks, including Bank of America. These funds were put into programs such as the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to provide relief to homeowners.

Eight years after the housing bubble burst, foreclosures and underwater mortgages are down nationally. However, there are several areas and states that are still struggling. In 2013, Christy Goldsmith Romero, special inspector general for TARP, warned that homeowners were defaulting on their modified loans at an “alarming rate.” Data released in September of 2015 revealed the rate of defaults on the reset mortgages increased greatly over time. Romero’s office released a statement that said, “The longer a homeowner remains in HAMP, the more likely he or she is to re-default out of the program.”

Between 2009 and 2015 nearly 2.2 million homeowners applied for a trial modification but nearly 786,000 canceled. Out of the remaining 1.4 million granted HAMP modifications through the Treasury Department, approximately 467,000 re-defaulted.

According to thousands of calls and complaints received on the Special Inspector General TARP hotline (SIGTARP), banks and mortgage servicers are to blame for the high default rate. Homeowners claim that the banks lost paperwork and made clerical errors resulting in defaulted mortgages. According to SIGTARP, “dual-tracking” is also an issue. This is a practice where the servicer of the HAMP mortgage continues to pursue foreclosure while the homeowner is in the HAMP program.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

IRS Makes More Changes to Help Taxpayers gain a ‘Fresh Start’ with their Finances

May 31, 2012 Posted by kingcade

On May 21, 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a change in the terms of the Offer In Compromise presented to taxpayers to promote the ‘Fresh Start’ initiative. An Offer In Compromise is a leniency accessible to financially distressed taxpayers who meet certain guidelines. The new terms for the ‘Fresh Start’ initiative reflect the government’s attempt to help struggling taxpayers resolve their tax debt in 1 – 2 years, as opposed to 4 – 5 years.

The changes to be made to the guidelines for an Offer In Compromise include:

• Calculating a taxpayers future income will now include only one year if payment can be made in 5 months or fewer, or two years if payment will be made anywhere from 6 months to 2 years
• Taxpayers will now be allowed to pay student loans as part of their living expenses
• Taxpayers will be allowed to pay delinquent state and local taxes
• Taxpayers Allowable Living Expenses will be expanded to provide a more fair and consistent plan

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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. 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.