Posts Tagged: ‘Personal Bankruptcy’

“Disappearing” Bankruptcies Could Prompt new wave of Home Buying

June 6, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Approximately 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear from their credit reports over the next five years.  Chapter 7 personal bankruptcies peaked in 2010 during the housing market crash then decreased over the next few years before leveling off in late 2015 – 2016.

The number of Chapter 7 bankruptcies, the most common type of bankruptcy, which involves no repayment plan and in most cases is a complete discharge of debt, increased to nearly 1.14 million, in 2010.

Now seven years later, millions of Americans are seeing these bankruptcies fall off their credit reports, improving their credit scores and allowing them to re-enter the housing market and purchase a home.

Credit scores reached a record high this spring, which we discussed in a recent blog.  This will create even more buyers in an already competitive market.  With home prices continuing to increase as inventory levels drop, experts do not expect it to let up anytime soon.

Hispanic homeownership could also see an increase in the next few years as the President and his administration seek to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which could give lenders more freedom to originate loans outside traditional qualified mortgages.

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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.

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Personal Bankruptcy

November 14, 2016 Posted by kingcade

If you are facing financial trouble, it can feel like the end of the world. People do not realize that filing for bankruptcy is a viable solution to their problems, can alleviate the financial stress, put an end to collection calls and even raise your credit score.

Here are some tips to remember along the way:

Do not be afraid of filing bankruptcy.  Debt can be overwhelming and sometimes instead of facing it head-on, people bury their heads in the sand.  This is the worst thing you can possibly do.  This approach could result in you facing numerous lawsuits, automatic judgments against you even wage garnishment.  By filing for bankruptcy protection you are getting a second chance and taking control over your finances once and for all.

Avoid running up new debt prior to filing. Do not make the mistake of running up a lot of new debt before filing for bankruptcy.  The court will take all of your spending into account, including recent debts incurred, and the judge may not be willing to waive debts if it appears that you are trying to “game the system.” Make sure that your spending habits reflect a true desire to change.

Be aware of ALL of your options. For example, you may want to consider credit counseling. There are some reputable non-profit organizations that can help. With their assistance, you can reduce the payments you have to make and even get some of the interest removed from your debts.

Hire an experienced bankruptcy attorney. The laws surrounding personal bankruptcy are complex. If you feel unsure about the steps to take moving forward, consulting with an attorney may be your best option. Many offer FREE consultations. An attorney can be the guiding hand you need to make the process go as smooth as possible. When meeting with your bankruptcy attorney, make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork with you (i.e. – loan documents, credit card bills and any other relevant financial documents).

Create a post-bankruptcy budget. When you file bankruptcy, you want to avoid finding yourself in the same financial predicament that got you there.  Planning for and making a post-bankruptcy budget is a smart idea. When you can create such a budget and stick to it after bankruptcy, you are far less likely to find yourself in the same position in the future.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

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‘70s Pop Icon, David Cassidy Files for Personal Bankruptcy in South Florida

February 16, 2015 Posted by kingcade

David Cassidy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in Fort Lauderdale, where he owns a waterfront home. The 64-year-old former teen idol with hits like “I Think I Love You” and “I Woke up in Love This Morning,” reported debts including a $292,598 mortgage, $39,102 on credit cards and considerable attorney and accountant fees. Cassidy listed assets and debts in the estimated range of $1 million to $10 million.

The clerk’s office concluded that Cassidy’s petition was incomplete for missing 16 documents, including forms listing real property, creditors holding secured claims, executory contracts, unexpired leases and current income. All are due by February 25th.

The filing said Cassidy owes money to more than 10 lawyers and accountants in South Florida. Hallandale Beach attorney, Brian Rodier who represented Cassidy from 2006 to 2011 claims Cassidy racked up $134,221 in legal bills, which he never paid. According to the bankruptcy filing Cassidy owes American Express $21,952 and the Villas at Polo Towers in Las Vegas $1,420 in maintenance fees, where he frequently performs.

The former star and teen heartthrob of the 1970s TV show, “The Partridge Family,” has struggled the past several years. He faced four drunken-driving charges, court-ordered rehabilitation and his wife, Sue Shifrin, filed for divorce last year. Cassidy has been a defendant in 12 civil cases in Broward Circuit Court, with several still pending. One of them involved a foreclosure on a Fort Lauderdale penthouse.

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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.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide Bankruptcy Case Involving Inherited Retirement Funds

April 8, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Clark v. Rameker, a bankruptcy case having to deal with inherited retirement funds could have an impact on future bankruptcy cases across the U.S. The case involves a personal bankruptcy filed in 2010 by a husband and wife after the pizza shop they opened failed. It left the couple nearly $700,000 in debt to their landlord, mortgage lenders and business creditors.

The wife inherited approximately $450,000 from her mother’s IRA when she passed away. The couple argued that these funds were protected from their creditors. Federal bankruptcy code allows up to $1.3 million in retirement funds (i.e. – Roth IRA’s, 401K’s, etc.) be exempt from creditors. However, the issue before the Supreme Court is whether someone else’s IRA that was inherited by the debtor is allotted that same protection.

The bankruptcy trustee in this case argues that the funds should be made available for repaying the couple’s creditors and that once the IRA money is passed down to an heir, the money no longer functions in the same way the retirement money once did (i.e. – it is no longer subject to penalties and taxes).

The trustee appealed to a three-judge panel and the appellate court held that the funds ceased to be protected when they were inherited. The appellate court’s decision conflicts with the two other court decisions holding that retirement funds remain protected even if they are passed down through inheritance.

The Supreme Court’s decision will settle the dispute. The Court noted that retirement funds are the only ones listed in the Bankruptcy Code that do not specifically note that it has to be the petitioner’s property. In order to settle the matter, the Court must interpret Section 521(b)(3)(C) of the Bankruptcy Code, which states that “retirement funds to the extent that those funds are in a fund or account that is exempt from taxation” are protected in bankruptcy cases. This decision is seen as an important one because it will have an impact on future cases, but experts say it will be months before the Court issues its ruling.

If you have any questions on this topic or 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.

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8 Bankruptcy Myths Disproved!

September 18, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Filing for personal bankruptcy still carries a powerful stigma in this country. However, a divorce, death of a spouse, or severe medical illness can place a well-meaning consumer into an endless cycle of debt. There is a sense of shame and failure that allows certain misunderstandings about the bankruptcy process to linger. With that being said, below are the top eight bankruptcy myths- DISPROVED!

1.) I will lose everything if I file for bankruptcy. Not true. Creditors do have the right to get some of their money back, but you will not “lose everything.” Some assets are protected from liquidation. For example, creditors usually cannot touch locked-in pensions, RRSPs or RRIFs. People are also generally allowed to keep modest amounts of furniture, clothing, tools of the trade, and even their car- if there is not too much equity in it.

2.) My friends will all find out that I have filed for bankruptcy. If assets are minimal, creditors are notified by mail and generally there is no notice in the paper. Bankruptcy filings are a matter of public record, but most people are not going to bother, not to mention pay the monetary search fee required. So unless you tell people, there is a pretty good chance that your friends, neighbors and co-workers will never know.

3.) My credit rating will be ruined if I file for bankruptcy. Even though a bankruptcy filing is not desirable on a credit report, if you are months behind on paying your bills and creditors are calling you, your credit score is likely already damaged. Filing for bankruptcy can provide you with a fresh financial start and put you back on track to rebuilding your credit score.

4.) Bankruptcy erases all your debts. Not true. Some debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. These include secured debts like mortgages or car loans, alimony, spousal and child support obligations, court fines, claims arising from an assault and student loan debt- unless you can prove undue hardship.

5.) It does not cost anything to file bankruptcy. You may think that you should not have to pay to file bankruptcy, but bankruptcy trustees do not work for free. Their fees amount to around $1,500 and they typically get paid from the money that is freed up from the liquidation of the bankrupt’s assets.

6.) I will never be able to get credit again if I file for bankruptcy. A bankruptcy notation will remain on your credit report for six years following the discharge. But there’s no need to fear, many individuals that have filed are able to get a secured credit and even a car loan shortly after their bankruptcy is discharged. Many lenders specialize in working with clients who have a less-than-stellar credit history.

7.) Filing for bankruptcy will destroy my spouse’s credit rating. A consumer bankruptcy filing is personal to the individual filing it. As long as your spouse did not co-sign or guarantee your credit cards or loans, his or her credit rating will not be affected by your filing.

8.) Filing for bankruptcy is not a big deal. Bankruptcy is a big deal. During the nine- to 21-month-period it takes to complete a bankruptcy and have your debts discharged, you will have to hand over total control of your finances to the bankruptcy trustee. It is important to meet with an experienced bankruptcy attorney who can assess your financial situation and advice you if bankruptcy is your best option. At Kingcade & Garcia, we offer free initial consultations for this. Bankruptcy laws were designed to give people a fresh financial start and wipe their slate clean.

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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.