Lawyers in the News, Legal Awards

Kingcade Garcia McMaken Awarded ‘Best Bankruptcy Lawyers in Miami’ for 2021

The Miami-based bankruptcy law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been awarded one of the ‘Best Bankruptcy Lawyers in Miami’ for 2021, by Expertise for obtaining the highest scores in consistency, qualifications, reputation, experience & professionalism.

“We are extremely honored to have received this award,” says Founding Partner and Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade. “In today’s competitive legal environment, clients have an increasing number of options when choosing an attorney. It is important that clients and potential clients know how serious we take quality customer service and business ethics. This is a true testament to the commitment we have to our clients and the standards we uphold as a law firm.”

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Kristina Gonzalez Named Partner at Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A.

The Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristina Gonzalez to the position of Partner with the firm.

“We are delighted to have Kristina become a Partner with the firm. Kristina is an exceptional bankruptcy lawyer and is the perfect fit to support our firm’s growth and positioning as the leading consumer bankruptcy law firm in Miami,” said Timothy S. Kingcade, the firm’s Managing Partner.

Ms. Gonzalez focuses her practice on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, foreclosure defense, and debt settlement. Kristina represents debtors throughout the bankruptcy process – initiating petitions, guiding debtors through meetings, depositions, and litigation with the trustee and advocating for debtors before the bankruptcy court.

Bankruptcy Law

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Which option is right for you?

There are two types of bankruptcy available to consumers who are struggling with debt- Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Choosing the right one is critical to success in eliminating your debt. Below is a comparison guide to help you best decide which bankruptcy is right for you.

Chapter 7 is a form of liquidation and it is often considered the most straightforward type of bankruptcy. Consumers are essentially given a financial fresh start, oftentimes within three months of filing.

Contrary to the bankruptcy myths surrounding Chapter 7, it does not mean you will lose your home, car or retirement savings. In most Chapter 7 cases, filers do not have assets above the legal threshold, which is set by state law and therefore they do not have to lose anything- only their debt.  If a person is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida, they can use Florida’s bankruptcy exemptions to protect valuable property.

Chapter 13 restructures your debt into an affordable repayment plan. The debtor’s obligations are combined into one monthly payment to the bankruptcy trustee, which is then distributed to the creditors. Chapter 13 takes into account your income and expenses, the amount of your debt, the types of debt, and even your property value when setting the repayment plan. If you are behind on your mortgage payments, Chapter 13 allows you to get caught up on these payments and save your home from foreclosure.

Chapter 13 plans can last anywhere from three to five years, but most are five-year plans.

If you are struggling to keep up with your Chapter 13 payments, or have recently lost your job or become ill, Chapter 13 may no longer be the right option for you. You can convert a Chapter 13 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy at any time if you become eligible. Many of our clients are surprised to discover they never have to go to court or see a judge in order to convert their Chapter 13 filing to a Chapter 7.

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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

 

Bankruptcy Law

How to Time Your Bankruptcy Filing

Deciding when to file for bankruptcy can be a complicated one. Many times, it makes sense to delay filing for bankruptcy, while other times it makes sense to file right away.  In some situations, people are able to work out a plan to pay off their debt without having to file at all. If someone is struggling with making that determination, a bankruptcy attorney can help talk that person through his or her life situation and can help the individual decide when a good time would be for filing for bankruptcy.

Modifying a Mortgage

Bankruptcy is often used as a means of delaying foreclosure. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, a bankruptcy filing will often allow the person to catch up on past-due payments while continuing to make current ones. However, sometimes a mortgage modification may be all the filer needs to hold onto his or her home. If the person files too quickly, he or she may have a harder time obtaining a modification of the mortgage. In fact, once a bankruptcy case has been filed, many lenders will not even talk to the borrower in terms of negotiations over the mortgage. If the borrower is anticipating a mortgage modification, it may be best to wait before filing for bankruptcy.

Income Qualifications

If someone is wanting to pursue a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, he or she will need to pass the “means test” requirements set by the bankruptcy courts in Florida. If the filer’s income is too high, he or she will be prevented from pursuing a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy case. Not passing the means test does not necessarily mean the person cannot pursue any type of bankruptcy. The filer may still qualify for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan, which requires him or her to repay a portion of the qualifying debts over a three to five-year period. The means test calculates the person’s income over a period of several months. Therefore, if the person’s income has dropped recently, he or she may still be able to qualify for Chapter 7 by holding off on filing for a few months.

Keeping Certain Property

Many times, the filer may have certain property that he or she would lose in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, such as an incoming tax refund. If the case is filed too soon, that tax refund may be liquidated and used to pay off certain debts. If the potential filer expects a large income tax refund, he or she may wish to hold off on filing for bankruptcy temporarily and use that money to pay for living expenses over the course of a few months before filing. However, make sure that the expenses being paid with this refund are for necessities and not luxury items. Otherwise the bankruptcy trustee may see the filer as trying to conceal or hide this income before filing. Also, this situation only matters for property that does not fall under an exemption, including the personal property exemption for Florida filers.

New Incoming Debts

If the filer anticipates some additional debts coming in the near future, it may also be wise to hold off on filing for bankruptcy. For most cases, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case will only liquidate debts the filer has as of the date the petition was filed. Any debt that is incurred after the date of filing will stay with the filer after discharge. If the filer anticipates a major medical expense that will result in debt or necessary home improvement expense, it may be best to wait for filing until after that expense has been incurred, making it possible for that debt to be discharged.

If you have 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

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Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Named a Florida Super Lawyer 6 Consecutive Years

Managing Shareholder, Timothy S. Kingcade of the Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers 2019, in the practice area of consumer bankruptcy. This is the sixth consecutive year Kingcade has been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list (2014-2019). The prestigious honor is awarded to only five percent of lawyers in the state.

Attorney Kingcade practices exclusively in the field of bankruptcy law, handling Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings for the Southern District of Florida.  As an experienced CPA and proven bankruptcy attorney, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of their rights under the bankruptcy laws to restart, rebuild and recover.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, representing the top 5 percent of Florida lawyers.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

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Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

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Kristina Gonzalez of Kingcade Garcia McMaken Named a 2019 “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers

Attorney Kristina Gonzalez of the Miami-based bankruptcy and foreclosure defense law firm of Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers 2019 as a Rising Star in the practice area of consumer bankruptcy.

The list recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the State of Florida, who are 40 years of age or younger, or those who have been practicing law for 10 years or less.  A select group of 2.5 percent of attorneys are named to the prestigious Rising Stars list.

Gonzalez has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and practices exclusively in the field of consumer bankruptcy law, handling Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings for the Southern District of Florida.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, representing the top 5 percent of Florida lawyers.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

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Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade Garcia McMaken, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

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What Trump Has Done to Undermine Student Loan Debt Reform

Student loan debt has skyrocketed since President Trump took office. In fact, the amount of student loan debt has increased by $110 billion in the last 16 months to a total of $1.41 trillion nationwide. It is currently estimated that 45 million Americans have student loan debt and this figure is up two million since Trump’s inauguration.

Not only has the number of student loan borrowers increased rapidly, but actions taken by the Trump administration have raised major red flags with those who have fought for student loan reform for years. The Trump administration has methodically dismantled effective debt relief reforms set by the Obama administration in their efforts to curtail abusive lending practices.

During the Obama administration, the student loan industry was forced to give back approximately $750 million in what was found to be abusive marketing and collection practices targeting student borrowers.

Further, the Department of Education Secretary appointed under Trump, Betsy DeVos, has been moving to eliminate Obama-era rules that penalize lenders who engage in abusive student loan debt collection practices.

One of the major changes made by the Trump administration was through the reorganization of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its student loan office. The administration argued this reorganization was routine and made no major change to the agency.

However, one of the major changes was made to the student loan debt office’s watchdog or ombudsman function. This specific office was created to address payment difficulties student loan borrowers were facing. By the time the borrowers got to the point where they were reaching out to this office, they were fielding numerous phone calls, many of them harassing and threatening, as well as lawsuits and collections cases. Other borrowers accused lenders of misleading them about any eligibility for debt relief programs, assistance that is meant to lower the borrower’s payments or have their loans forgiven.

The student loan office was key in a major lawsuit against Navient, Inc., a major student loan service provider and former division of Sallie Mae.  Navient was accused of convincing borrowers to go into expensive repayment plans without telling them of more reasonable and cost-effective options. A trial date has not yet been set, which leads many to question whether one will ever be set.

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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. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

 

Bankruptcy Law, Credit, Credit Card Debt, Debt Relief

Credit Card Debt Increasing at An Alarming Rate for the Floridians

Credit card debt is a problem for many Americans across the country, but for Floridians, this problem is growing at what experts say is an alarming rate. According to recent figures released by the credit reporting agency, Experian, Floridians are using their credit cards more than ever, increasing their debt at the nation’s second fastest rate.

The State of Nevada tops the list of states with the highest credit card rate, but Florida is a close second. In fact, credit card balances have increased 8.59 percent as compared to the same time last year. Currently, the national average is at 6.58 percent, and Florida’s rate is well above this national average.

According to Experian, credit card debt nationally is at an all-time high, reaching $786 billion by the end of 2017. It is up 6.7 percent from 2016. The average American holds a credit card balance of $6,354. The use of store credit cards, mortgage debt and debt overall also increased approximately three percent.

Credit card debt can be a slippery slope and is one of the most common problems facing those with serious financial issues. With exorbitant interest rates, fees and penalties, making only the minimum payment does not even begin to make a dent in the total balance.

Credit card companies design fee and repayment structures to keep you from ever getting out of debt. An unexpected job loss or serious medical diagnosis, even a trip to the emergency room can put significant financial strain on individuals and families who are already facing mounting credit card debt.

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If you have 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

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Tax Debt will Affect Passport Renewals and Applications for Thousands of Americans

Americans who have overdue tax debts will soon find it difficult to receive a new or renewed passport, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is estimated that approximately 362,000 Americans have overdue tax debts, and soon, Congress will be increasing efforts to enforce a law passed back in 2015.

The 2015 law requires that the IRS and State Department deny applications for new or renewed passports for taxpayers who have overdue tax debt in the amount of $51,000 or more.

Increased efforts to enforce this law began in February 2018, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. Currently, the IRS is in the process of sending the names of these 362,000 individuals to the State Department.

According to the IRS Division Commissioner, Mary Beth Murphy, authorities are currently only denying passports rather than revoking them for people who hold excessive IRS debts. In fact, the State Department has stated that the agency has already denied passports for individuals who hold tax debts. For the time being, Americans with over $51,000 in tax debt will be able to continue traveling abroad if they hold current passports.

The IRS has accounted for inflation and other assessed penalties, taxes and interest when calculating the amounts owed.  These amounts do not include debts that were collected by the IRS, such as FBAR penalties due to the person’s failure to report foreign financial accounts or child support owed. If the taxpayer has entered into an agreement for installment payments, is in the middle of a bankruptcy proceeding, is a victim of identity theft or is in a federally declared disaster area is not subject to revocation of their passports.

The State Department is within its rights to issue a passport for emergencies or other humanitarian reasons should a U.S. citizen who is subject to this law need to return to the U.S. from overseas.  Individuals affected by the law will be notified in writing by the IRS.

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If you have 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

 

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Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade Obtains Successful Win for Bankruptcy Client

Second Motion to Dismiss Granted & Hearing Cancelled due to lack of evidence to support the claims

Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade, founding partner of Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken successfully obtained an Order for his client in a Chapter 7 case, granting a Second Motion to Dismiss and cancelling a hearing scheduled for July 25, 2018.

“We are extremely pleased with the victory obtained for our client today. The allegations stated in the Complaint lacked sufficient evidence to support the claims. It was simply assumed that actions taken by Torres and PSI petroleum, LLC assigned liability to our client, without providing sufficient and specific allegations. The law was on our side in this case,” Kingcade said.

On March 5, 2018, the Plaintiffs in the case: Milan Gohil and GMC Law Firm, PLLC filed an adversary proceeding seeking a judgement against the Defendant. The complaint alleged three counts: (1.) False Pretenses, Fraud & Nondischargeability; (2.) False Financial Statements & Non-Dischargeability, and (3.) GMC Law Firm Claim for Attorney’s Fees. The Order Granting the First Motion to Dismiss included a provision that allowed the Plaintiffs to file an amended complaint, and on May 6, 2018 the Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint to Determine Dischargeability of Debt.  On May 18, 2018, Defendants filed the Second Motion to Dismiss stating the plaintiffs did not plead their claims for relief as required by law.

A court “weighing a motion to dismiss asks ‘not weather a plaintiff will ultimately prevail but whether the claimant is entitled to offer evidence to support the claims.’” (quoting Scheurer v. Rhodes). Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 7012, adopting Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12, authorizes the court to dismiss a complaint that fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

The Order directs the Second Motion to Dismiss be granted, all pending motions are denied as moot and the hearing on July 25, 2018 be cancelled.

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Miami-based Kingcade Garcia McMaken was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade Garcia McMaken specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

For more information visit, https://www.miamibankruptcy.com/.