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How to Pay for Bankruptcy When You’re Broke

October 28, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy costs anywhere from between $500 to $3,500. If you are already in financial distress, it may be difficult to come up with the fees you will need to file. Follow these three strategies to pay for bankruptcy.

Raise the money

First, minimize your outgoing cash. For example, if you are still making credit card payments, stop making them. Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges unsecured debts such as credit card balances. Next, try to find some additional income. This can be done by selling old electronics or taking on part-time work. You can also use your tax refund to pay attorney and bankruptcy filing fees.

Work out a payment plan

If you find the right attorney, you may be able to make payments for the services and filing fees. Ask about setting up a payment plan in the initial meeting with any bankruptcy attorney you are considering. Your attorney can also with work the court on a payment plan for your bankruptcy filing fee.

Go pro bono

If your income is less than 150% of the official poverty line for your family size, you might qualify for free legal services or waived fees. If you are not sure how to find out if you qualify, your local bankruptcy court will have information on free legal clinics and local free legal aid resources. Also, the American Bankruptcy Institute has a bankruptcy attorney directory that can help you find pro bono attorneys in your area.

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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.

Beware of Credit Card Skimming Scams at Gas Stations

October 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Consumer protection officials are warning consumers about a new form of high-tech theft that can affect all credit and debt card users. Scammers are using devices known as ‘skimmers’ at gas pumps to steal account information from debit and credit cards that are swiped. These devices are also commonly found at ATMs.

According to Mississippi state Attorney General, Jim Hood, the devices are difficult to detect and come in two forms: internal or external. The external devices fit over the actual card readers at the pumps. The internal devices are typically communication cables connected to a device that records data from the cards.

“These devices may go undetected for weeks, all the while gathering sensitive account information from unsuspecting consumers,” Hood said. “Consumers need to call their financial institutions immediately if they see any unauthorized activity on their accounts, and watch closely for signs of tampering when using gas pumps or ATMs.”

Authorities offer the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of card skimming:

  • Pick pumps close to the entrance of the gas station or convenience store. Skimmers usually target pumps that are not near the entrance.
  • Pay with cash.
  • If you’re using a debit card, choose the option to process the payment as credit so scammers do not have access to your PIN.
  • Lightly wiggle the card reader on the pump. External skimmers might feel loose and come off.
  • Ask gas stations and convenience stores what type of anti-skimming measures they have adopted.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, more than 250 skimmers were confiscated from gas pumps between July 2015 and July 2016. Approximately 100 consumers’ card numbers were stolen from each device and $1,000 stolen from each consumer.

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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.

Florida Foreclosure Improvement Still Lagging Behind the National Average

July 29, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The nationwide foreclosure filings rate has shown signs of improvement in the first half of 2016. However, the improvement rate in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Indiana is still significantly lower than the pre-recession rates and seem to be lagging behind the rest of the country. RealtyTrac released the data from the first two quarters of 2016 that reveal that foreclosure filings are were down 20 percent compared to the previous two quarters in 2015.

Although the foreclosure filings rate is still 21 percent higher than the normal rates, there were 15 states in the first half of 2016 with foreclosure rates that were significantly lower than “pre-housing bust” levels including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan.

According to RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist, the obvious divide between states is largely due to the fact that some states require foreclosures to take place in court, such as Florida. He went on to say, “the root issue that created the dysfunctional foreclosures processes was sloppy and improper documentation on the part of the banks.” Blomquist said that in non-judicial states, “it wasn’t an issue because there wasn’t oversight.”

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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.

Florida among Top States for Mortgage Fraud

September 27, 2013 Posted by kingcade

According to a recent report by CoreLogic, Florida remains one of the most at-risk states for mortgage fraud. The report revealed that Florida had an estimated value of $273 million in fraudulent mortgage applications, behind California ($864 million) and New York ($278 million). Texas ($261 million) and Virginia ($231 million) rounded out the top 5. Nationwide there were an estimated $5.3 billion in fraudulent loan applications.

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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.

Florida’s Foreclosure Rate Drops to No. 2

September 17, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Florida has fallen to the No.2 spot in the nation for foreclosure activity in August behind Nevada after three consecutive months at No. 1, according to RealtyTrac. In August, one in every 383 residences in Florida received a foreclosure filing. A total of 23,372 Florida properties received foreclosure filings in August, down 14 percent from July and down 15 percent from a year earlier.

The decrease in Florida foreclosure activity reflects a 65 percent decrease in new filings, which hit their lowest level since RealtyTrac began issuing its state report in April 2005.

In Miami-Dade County, one in every 264 residences received some type of foreclosure filing in August, as foreclosure activity fell 19.88 percent from a year earlier and declined 14.13 percent from July, according to RealtyTrac. In Broward County, one in every 372 residences received a foreclosure filing in August. That reflected a 12.23 percent decline in foreclosure activity from a year earlier and a 27.28 percent decline from July. In both Miami-Dade and Broward, new foreclosures filings were down in August from a year earlier, while auction notices and bank repossessions increased.

Among the 20 largest metropolitan areas, Miami posted the highest foreclosure rate, and Tampa ranked second.

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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.