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Bankruptcy Filings Down in 2011

According to recent statistics from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for fiscal year 2011 totaled 1,467,221, down 8 percent from the previous year. This was reflected in the filings of all bankruptcy chapters. Chapter 7 filings in 2011 were down 10 percent from 2010. Chapter 13 filings fell 4 percent. Chapter 11 filings fell 16 percent and Chapter 12 filings were down 4 percent.
Personal bankruptcies in South Florida fell in 2011, for the first time in five years. Attorney Timothy Kingcade attributes this to the backlog of foreclosures and under-employment. Many homeowners facing foreclosure have been able to put off bankruptcy as the lenders dealt with investigations of robo-signing and other issues stalling foreclosures in court. Filing for personal bankruptcy in South Florida can cost $2,000 or more, including lawyer’s fees, court costs, and mandatory credit counseling. With the number of South Floridians being out of work, filing for bankruptcy has become a luxury.
In December, 2,470 residents filed for bankruptcy in the South Florida district, which includes Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami. That was down 9 percent from November. For the year, there were 34,492 filings, down from about 38,000 in 2010.
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