Posts Tagged: ‘Kingcade & Garcia’

More Seniors Taking Out Loans Against Their Homes – But at What Cost?

August 28, 2017 Posted by kingcade

An increasing number of seniors facing foreclosure are opting to take out reverse mortgages on their property, according to recent federal data.  A reverse mortgage allows cash-strapped seniors to borrow against the equity in their home that has built up over the decades- but it also comes with financial risk.  Property owners are still responsible for keeping up with other charges, including the taxes and insurance on the property.

A HUD report issued last fall found that nearly 90,000 reverse mortgage loans held by seniors were at least 12 months behind in payment of taxes and insurance and were expected to end in “involuntary termination” in 2017.  That is more than double the number the year before.

More than 18 percent of reverse mortgage loans taken out from 2009 to June 2016 are expected to go into default because of unpaid taxes and insurance, according to the HUD report.

The federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has warned seniors about deceptive advertising practices when it comes to reverse mortgages.  Last year, the federal agency fined three companies — American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions and Aegean Financial — for alleged false claims, misleading seniors to believe that if they took out a reverse mortgage they would not have to make monthly payments or face foreclosure, leaving out the risks of failing to pay property charges.

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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.

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Receives Prestigious AVVO Clients’ Choice Award 2017

April 11, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based law firm of Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. (www.miamibankruptcy.com) was recently honored with the 2017 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: “I went to Kingcade & Garcia for information about a pending home foreclosure. After assessing my finances, Mr. Kingcade suggested bankruptcy options to protect my home. I appreciate the fact that he has a background in accounting and law. This allows him and his team to see the big “picture” in what is best regarding the order in which divorce, bankruptcy, and foreclosure options should be filed. Kingcade is very knowledgeable regarding taxes and other financial issues. He was able to help me with restoring my credit, advising with my divorce to protect my assets, and directed me in the right direction to save my house. I have already recommended his office to 2 other friends going through similar experiences.”

Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade founded the law firm Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. in 1996. He 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 also 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.

Miami-based Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was established by managing partner and attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

The Effects Debt Has On Your Emotions

February 24, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The average U.S. household carries debt- more than $132,000 in fact, including mortgages.  Approximately 40 percent of households have credit card debt.  The interest on credit cards alone is costing as much as $1,300 per household per year.

If you are struggling with debt, understanding the common emotions and actions surrounding debt can help you take positive steps moving forward to help improve your financial and mental health.

Powerlessness. If you have a large amount of debt, it can make you feel powerless.  The best way to fight back is to take control.  Get on a budget and stick to it.  Knowing that you are taking control and have a plan in place will help you regain a sense of power.

PTSD-like symptoms. A recent survey found that one in four people who are in debt have symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. That number is even higher for millennials. Among people age 18-34 who are in debt, 36 percent suffer. Symptoms can include denial, avoidance (such as not paying bills), and not being able to sleep.

Fear & Anxiety.  Debt can make us anxious.  Be proactive and set up auto-pays on recurring bills you have.  It will give you one less thing to think about.  Put credit cards away (only temporarily, remember not to close out the accounts).

Retail Cravings. Nearly two-thirds of women and 40 percent of men have spent money to improve their mood, according to research. If you overspend, any euphoria you experience will surely diminish once the bills arrive in the mail.  When you feel yourself wanting to spend, ask yourself what’s really going on. Think of the HALT acronym: Are you hungry, angry, lonely or tired?   Address these feelings head-on without the use of a credit card.

Lowered defenses.  Lowered defenses might be caused by anything from having a couple of glasses of wine to a break-up, to battling a cold. Be smart about your spending.  To resist online impulse buys, delete credit card information stored on your computer and mobile devices.

Celebration. Did you recently receive a bonus or land a big account?  When it comes to the risk of debt, feeling overly happy can be just as dangerous as feeling overly sad, which can oftentimes cause a financial splurge. Put any financial gain toward your debt or into savings.

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.

Related Resources:

http://www.wbrc.com/story/34555906/6-ways-debt-can-wreak-havoc-with-your-emotions

Lawyers May Have Discovered a Way to Wipe away Student Loan Debt

February 17, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Student loans are some of the most difficult to get rid of – even in bankruptcy.  But some attorneys are challenging the laws and creating hope for millions of struggling borrowers.  Bankruptcy attorneys in Florida and New Hampshire are filing cases in the hopes of establishing “paths” to help bankrupt borrowers and their attorneys better manage, even eliminate student loan debt in bankruptcy.

Congress exempted federal student loans from discharge in bankruptcy, except in extreme circumstances. Lawmakers extended that exemption in 2005 to private student loans as well. In order for borrowers to have their student debt discharged in bankruptcy, they must prove that the debt is causing them to suffer “undue hardship.”

Although Congress never defined the phrase “undue hardship,” a series of court rulings have created an undue hardship standard that is notoriously difficult to meet. So instead of trying to meet the standard, attorneys are turning to other legal strategies that challenge private lenders’ ability to collect on the loan and in the case of federal debt help borrowers better manage the loans while in bankruptcy.

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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, 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.

What consumers need to know about FICO 9

October 11, 2016 Posted by kingcade

If you do not already know, there is a new credit score called FICO 9.  The new score comes with some important changes in the way people who have medical debt and other consumer debt are scored.  So with all of the different credit scoring models out there- what makes FICO 9 so different?

First, FICO is the most widely used credit score in the country. In fact, 90% of all credit lenders (whether they are offering you a mortgage, car, or personal loan) use the FICO score in some way to determine your credit-worthiness.

More than 64 million Americans have some kind of medical collection record on their credit reports, according to Experian. A staggering 99.4% of medical debts are reported to credit bureaus by collection agencies, damaging consumers’ credit scores in the process. Consumer advocates have long been pushing to make credit scoring models more lenient on people who have medical debt.

With FICO 9, medical collections will be treated differently from non-medical collections, like credit cards.  Your credit score will be less damaged by a medical bill you cannot afford to pay as opposed to a department store credit card you ran up the balance on.

This is a big win for consumers. Many people who struggle with medical debt get that way through no fault of their own.  Whether you get sick or there is an accident that causes you to miss work, even with health insurance you cannot always control how high your medical bills become.

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Those who have experienced illness or injury and found themselves overwhelmed with medical debt should contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney. In bankruptcy, medical bills are considered general unsecured debts just like credit cards. This means that medical bills do not receive priority treatment and can easily be discharged in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy laws were created to help people resolve overwhelming debt and gain a fresh financial start. Bankruptcy attorney 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.