Posts Tagged: ‘Miami Bankruptcy Law Firm’

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  The Dodd-Frank’s bankruptcy provision, originally enacted in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis, allowed the banks who were essentially “too big to fail,” do just that.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

Debt Collection Dispute Headed to the Supreme Court

January 18, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether firms collecting on a debt they bought for pennies on the dollar can be held liable in lawsuits brought by consumers.  The justices agreed to review a lower court’s decision to dismiss a consumer class action lawsuit against Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. over allegations it violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act– a debt collection law enacted in 1977 that prohibits collectors from using abusive, unfair or deceptive practices to collect a debt.

The current case hinges on the definition of “creditor” and “debt collector” and whether a company that purchases debt should be treated as a creditor and therefore not subject to the law.

The case (Ricky Henson et al v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc et al, in the Supreme Court of the United States, No. 16-349) involves four Maryland residents who defaulted on their auto loans, and filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Santander in 2012 in federal court alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, such as misrepresenting the debt amount and bypassing debtors’ attorneys.

The debts had been sold to Santander, a Dallas-based vehicle-financing and lending company owned in part by a subsidiary of Banco Santander.  Santander then tried to collect on the loans.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia threw out the lawsuit last March, saying the law applied only to debt collectors, and Santander became a creditor when it purchased the loans.

The Maryland residents told the Supreme Court the 4th Circuit’s reasoning would “hamper both government and private efforts to combat abusive debt-collection practices.” The appeal to the Supreme Court comes as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering proposals to toughen regulation of the industry.

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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.

 

Unauthorized Practice of Law by National Bankruptcy Law Firm

August 18, 2016 Posted by kingcade

A woman filed a Chapter 13 petition signed by attorney Joseph Kosko, a former partner in the law firm of Volks Anwalt, who solicited her via direct mail. After the law firm missed numerous deadlines, the bankruptcy court held a contempt hearing regarding the representation by Kosko, Volks Anwalt, and its sole owner and managing partner, Jessica McClean.

The court issued a Notice of Deficient Filing on November 9, 2015 because the Debtor’s petition was a “bare bones” filing and did not contain all of the required schedules, statements, summaries, declarations, and local forms.  Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure (“Bankruptcy Rule” or “Rule”) 1007(c) requires any missing documents to be filed within 14 days of the filing of the petition or, in this case, by Friday, November 20, 2015.

The bankruptcy court found that Volks Anwalt’s business plan developed by McClean included a marketing strategy that used direct mailings targeting individuals subject to foreclosure. In the specific case, Kosko and Volks Anwalt not only failed to file the bankruptcy in time to save the woman’s home, but also failed to include her Social Security number in pleadings, did not provide her with the proper disclosures required by 11 U.S.C. §§ 342 and 527, nor intended to appear at her §341 Meeting of Creditors.

Volks Anwalt operates in 43 states.  As of February 2016, the firm had handled approximately 400 bankruptcy cases since it opened in May 2015. The bankruptcy court found that Kosko violated the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct in terms of competence, diligence and failure to communicate with the client. In addition, Kosko, McClean and Volks Anwalt had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, as McClean is only licensed in Florida and New York.

In the end, the court disbarred Kosko from practicing in bankruptcy court for one year, McClean for five years, and ordered all fees be emitted. Kosko and Volks Anwalt must pay the client $5,000.00.

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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.

Related Resources: http://ncbankruptcyexpert.com/2016/08/17/bankr-w-d-n-c-in-re-banner-unauthorized-practice-of-law-by-national-bankruptcy-law-firm/

 

Parents Responsible for Nearly Every New Private Student Loan

July 11, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Student loans are no longer just for students. New private student loans are requiring parents to sign on the dotted line as well. This change comes as lenders continue to strengthen the guidelines on underwriting requirements. Nearly every, or 94%, of private student loans distributed to undergraduates for the 2015-2016 academic year had more than one borrower responsible for the debt–not only the student but a co-signer, according to the report.

Five of the largest private student lenders distributed $6.46 billion in loans between July 2015 and March 2016, up 7% from the same period a year earlier–and the fifth consecutive year of increases, according to recent data from MeasureOne.

Cosigners are becoming more common with graduate school student loans as well. Nearly 61% of student loans dispersed for 2015-2016 had cosigners versus 57% the previous year. For lenders, cosigners increase the chance that the loan will be repaid, avoiding defaults. When the student borrower cannot make the payments, co-signers- usually the parents- have to pay up. Otherwise lenders can report both the student and co-signer of being late to the credit bureaus. That would lead to lower credit scores for both the student borrower and the cosigner, making it harder to obtain other types of financing.

Student loans are considered among the riskiest type of consumer loans, because it is difficult to determine whether borrowers will graduate or end up with a salary that is enough to repay the debt. In case you missed it, read our blog on the dangers of co-signing.

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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.

Tips for Applying for a Credit Card after Bankruptcy

April 1, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Filing for bankruptcy doesn’t mean you are shut off from new credit. Creditors look at multiple factors when determining credit eligibility. For example, your income and the time since you received your bankruptcy discharge.

If you are looking to rebuild your credit post-bankruptcy, a secured credit card is a good place to start. Secured credit cards are designed specifically for people trying to improve their credit. They are different from normal credit cards in that they require you to put down a security deposit, usually a few hundred dollars. Your deposit typically equals your credit line:  For example, if you make a $400 deposit, you will have a $400 line of credit. The deposit protects the issuer if you do not make your payments. That makes secured cards a relatively safe bet for lenders extending credit lines to people with lower credit scores.

Those individuals who file for bankruptcy may receive an influx of credit card offers soon after. Proceed with caution. These cards will likely have low limits and high interest rates. The best way to qualify for a credit card post-bankruptcy is to improve your credit score.  Here are some immediate steps you can take to improve your credit score after bankruptcy:

  1. Make sure all discharged debts are cleared from your credit report. If your credit reports are still showing delinquent accounts after you receive your bankruptcy discharge, this is likely affecting your credit score in a negative way.  You are entitled to a FREE credit report every year from the three credit bureaus.
  2. Get your noncredit finances in order. Although many bankruptcies are the result of medical bills, divorce, job loss or other unavoidable debts, it is also important to remember the fundamental problems with spending, saving and budgeting. Addressing these issues before applying for new credit can help you overall.
  3. Build credit. Once your finances are back in order, it is time to consider strategic credit building via a secured credit card or credit-builder loan.

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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.