More Homeowners Are Using Lawyers To Defend Them In Foreclosure Cases

mortgage modification and bankruptcy attorneys on long islandThe percentage of homeowners utilizing attorneys to appear on their behalf at mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences has been increasing. While legal representation of homeowners in foreclosure has been increasing, the number of cases being filed by banks to foreclose on homes is decreasing.

Caseloads Decreasing

In 2013, 46,700 cases were filed in New York State. Only 44,500 cases were filed in the State of New York during the 2014 calendar year. Foreclosure lawsuits are approximately 30% of all cases filed in the Supreme Courts in the State of New York.

The judiciary in the State of New York has a commitment to continue with foreclosure settlement conferences for the purpose of resolving foreclosure lawsuits without the need for further litigation. There are several reasons given for the reduction in foreclosure filings in New York State. Real estate prices have been going up, and less homes are underwater. In addition, the requirements to obtain new mortgages have been made more reasonable.

Specialized Court Parts and Court Programs Move Foreclosure Cases Faster Through New York Courts

There are a number of specialized court parts and court programs which have been established to ease the log jam of foreclosures in the courts in New York. In Nassau County there is a special court part which was established in 2013. In this part, banks can ask for expedited rulings in cases where the homeowners defaulted on the mortgages and didn’t appear in court or the homeowners had exhausted all settlement options. Up until now, about 800 cases have been resolved in this specialized part. In addition, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Bronx County have what are called servicer parts. In these parts, officials are authorized to approve mortgage modifications on the behalf of homeowners attending settlement conferences. A similar court part is envisioned to be brought into effect in Kings County and Queens County in the near future.

New Rules Concerning Foreclosures

Effective December 1, 2014, referees in foreclosure conference parts have the ability to consider alternatives such as loss litigation options involving loan modifications, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and short sales. It is anticipated all these new activities will speed foreclosures through the court and assist homeowners in obtaining mortgage modifications.foreclosure defense lawyer in New York

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