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Personal Bankruptcy Filings Down

June 25, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Bankruptcy filings are down 11 percent compared to the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. March 2013 bankruptcy filings totaled 1,170,324 compared to 1,038,280 bankruptcy filings in the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014.

However, filings in April and May of this year have been most similar to the number of filings in April and May of 2013. The May 2014 daily bankruptcy filing rate was 4,079, which was a 7.0% decline on a year-over-year basis. There have been just over 405,500 bankruptcy filings in the first five months of 2014. With these latest numbers, the year-over-year bankruptcy filing rate has declined for forty-three straight months.

Some financial experts attribute the decline in consumer filings to “a low-interest rate environment” and consumers utilizing more government assistance programs, such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which has helped many underwater homeowners.

If you 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, 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://news.uscourts.gov/bankruptcy-filings-down-11-percent-march-2014

http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/2014/06/900000-bankruptcy-filings-this-year-maybe.html

South Floridians’ Average Credit Score Declines despite Paying Down Debt

May 14, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Despite debt dropping in South Florida, credit scores have actually worsened from a year ago making it hard for consumers to capitalize on low interest rates and qualify for personal loans. According to CreditKarma.com, the average credit score in Broward and Miami-Dade fell to 646 in March after it had been at 658 a year earlier, even though credit card, mortgage and student loan balances improved during the same period. Credit Karma’s CEO, Kenneth Lin, attributes this to South Florida still experiencing fallout from being among the hardest-hit U.S. metro areas for foreclosures, short sales, bankruptcies and layoffs during the Great Recession.

Consumers being late even once in making a monthly credit card payment can hurt their credit score. Banks also could have inadvertently lowered many consumers’ scores when they cut credit card limits during and after the recession. Consumers also could have hurt themselves by closing accounts, which lowers their borrowing limit. Many young South Floridians with student loans are unfairly marked down because when their payments are deferred, they are scored as if they are delinquent in paying.

So what can consumers do to turn this trend around? Young people can apply for credit cards to have their on-time payments reported to improve their credit scores. You can also make sure the three credit reporting agencies- TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are free of errors. All South Floridians should check their credit reports once a year to make sure there are not any mistakes that can hurt their score.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing 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.