student loan debt, Student Loans

First Wave of Public Servants Awarded Student Loan Forgiveness Through Temporary Program

The Biden administration recently announced the introduction of a temporary expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The program cancels outstanding student debt for public servants.

In order to be eligible, debt holders must have made 120 payments toward their federal student debt on-time for at least 10 years. The loans must have been made through the federal government and payments must have been made through repayment plans, most of which are based upon income. They must also work for the government or one of the non-profit organizations specified by the program. Many teachers, public defenders, Peace Corps workers, and law enforcement officers may qualify for forgiveness.

Foreclosure Defense, Foreclosures

South Florida Foreclosure Filings Increase in the Third Quarter

South Florida foreclosure filings increased during the third quarter of 2021, shortly after the federal moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures were lifted. Housing experts anticipate that this upward trend could continue well into the fourth quarter of 2021.

The moratorium on foreclosures expired for most homeowners on July 31, 2021. It was created in an effort to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the moratorium has been lifted, many mortgage lenders are moving forward with foreclosure proceedings.

Debt Collection, Debt Relief

CFPB Announces Two Final Debt Collection Rules to Go into Effect November 30

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two final debt collection rules which are scheduled to take effect on November 30, 2021. These two rules clarify and add further detail to provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the law that offers protections to consumers from abusive or unfair collection practices from third-party debt collectors.

These rules were originally going to be made effective in the spring, but the CFPB delayed the effective date by 60 days to allow all affected parties time to comply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, after making the announcement regarding a 60-day delay, the CFPB determined that the extension was not needed and published the official notice in the Federal Register officially withdrawing the extension.

student loan debt, Student Loans

Heavily Redacted White House Memo Released Regarding Student Loan Forgiveness

The White House recently released a memo about canceling debt for federal student loan borrowers, but the text was heavily redacted. This seven-page memo, dated April 5, 2021, was addressed to the U.S. Secretary of Education in consideration of potential student loan forgiveness by the Biden Administration. This memorandum, although heavily redacted, gives some insight into whether the administration has the authority to issue widespread student loan forgiveness.

Debt in Divorce, Debt Relief

How Debt is Handled in Divorce

In a divorce, the married parties end up dividing assets accumulated during their marriage. Most people going through a divorce worry about dividing up their property and other assets. However, dividing up debt is just as important- if not more. This is of particular importance if the spouses do not have many assets.

A divorce judgment is where the court divides up the couple’s assets, as well as their debts. Part of this order involves determining which spouse is responsible for which debts. Normally, debts are divided equally between the parties, but that is not always the case when one spouse earns significantly more than the other or where one spouse is receiving more property that has debt connected to it than the other spouse.

Legal Awards

Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Receives the Preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for 2022

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of Kingcade Garcia McMaken has received the preeminent AV rating for 2022 from Martindale-Hubbell, joining a select group of lawyers recognized for their legal ability and professional ethical standards.
“I am honored to have received a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell,” said Timothy S. Kingcade. “This is a testament to the commitment that I make to each and every one of our clients and the ethical standards we uphold as a law firm. It is gratifying to know that my colleagues respect and acknowledge my legal abilities and the continued dedication to our clients.”
Medical Debt

Medical Debt Is Different: Know How To Deal With It

It only takes one major medical emergency to set a person back thousands of dollars, even with adequate health insurance coverage. This is why medical debt is one of the largest categories of unsecured debt discharged in bankruptcy.

Many consumers resort to solutions such as paying medical expenses with credit cards or taking out personal loans to pay them off, but many times, these solutions only put them in more financial distress.

Foreclosure Defense, Foreclosures, Housing Market Trends

Mortgage Debt Remains a Problem for Homeowners 55 and Older

Homeowners throughout the country have struggled with staying afloat and remaining in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. With no immediate end in sight to the pandemic, it appears as if that problem will continue, especially those in the 55 and older age group.

The U.S. Census Bureau reviewed household statistics through its biweekly Household Pulse Survey to see how homeowners are faring with remaining current on their mortgage obligations. Their most recent study covered the period of September 1 through September 13, 2021. According to the Census Bureau, 1.7 million homeowners ages 55 or older were reportedly behind on their mortgage payments. Of these 1.7 million homeowners, 277,000 of them said that the possibility of facing foreclosure was likely or very likely for them.

Credit Card Debt, Debt Relief

How Much of Your Monthly Income Should go Towards Paying Down Debt?

Consumer debt. It seems to be an inevitable part of life for many Americans. In fact, most American consumers carry some level of debt. Getting out of it, however, is not so easy, which is why so many Americans use at least some portion of their income to pay towards their debt. Determining how much is appropriate can be complicated, depending on the consumer’s individual circumstances.

Generally speaking, it is important to pay more than the monthly minimum payment. A good rule of thumb is to follow the 50/30/20 rule. What this budgeting rule entails is the consumer spends 50 percent of monthly after-tax income or net income towards essential living expenses, such as mortgage payments, utility bills, food, and transportation costs. After that 50 percent is paid, the consumer allots the next 30 percent to his or her “wants,” meaning eating out, going on vacation, and other non-essential expenses. The remaining 20 percent is left for paying off debt or saving for the future.

Credit Card Debt

How Credit Card Debt Affects Your Health

Credit card debt can cause a lot of damage, and not just to your credit score. Credit card debt can cause stress and wreak havoc on relationships. It can also lead to depression, anxiety, and other health problems. Once you are in debt, reaching your financial goals becomes much harder. Spending money paying debt leaves you with less money for retirement savings, purchasing a home, and achieving other financial milestones.

According to a recent study, carrying significant debt can lead to more than just a bad day. Researchers followed a group of baby boomers, starting when they were between the ages of 28 and 40 and then checking in with them again in their 50’s and older. The group was then separated into subgroups based on how much unsecured debt they had. According to the data, the more unsecured debt a person had, the higher level of physical pain he or she lived with when compared to individuals in the other groups.