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Stop the Foreclosure Sale

stoptheforeclosuresaleimageThe purpose of this article is to discuss legal action that can be taken to stop a home from being sold at a foreclosure sale. A foreclosure lawsuit is the start of a process by the financial institutions to take back a home. At the end of the process the attorneys for the financial institution ask that a referee be appointed to sell the house. The referee thereafter advertises the house for sale. A sale date is established where the house will be sold on the courthouse steps. As the sale date approaches many homeowners dismay and give up. We strongly suggest this is not the way to deal with a sale date on a home. There are a variety of legal actions which can be taken to stop the foreclosure sale of a home.

Order to Show Cause

An emergency Order to Show Cause can be brought to the judge the foreclosure case is pending before. The Order to Show Cause can be served on the court requesting the court stop the sale from moving forward. If the Order to Show Cause is signed by the judge it is thereafter served upon the attorneys for the bank and referee. This will stop the sale of the house from going forward. If the judge in the New York State court does not sign the Order to Show Cause and stop the sale from moving forward there are other alternatives to stopping the sale of the house.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcies are brought in federal courts. Upon filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy the federal bankruptcy court issues a stay stopping all legal proceedings in the state court. The state court foreclosure action is frozen. Your house will not be sold. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to reorganize your finances, establish a plan to catch up on your mortgage and it keeps you and your family in your home.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also brought in a federal bankruptcy court. The filing of this bankruptcy stops the foreclosure in its tracks. The attorney filing the bankruptcy serves a copy of the bankruptcy notice on both the attorney for the financial institution and the referee who seeks to sell your home. This stops the sale of the house from moving forward.

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as a straight bankruptcy. It does not involve a plan to pay off the mortgage. It seeks to eliminate your personal liability on the mortgage. Therefore, if you owe $500,000.00 on the mortgage and your home is sold for $250,000.00 you will not have to pay the deficiency of the $250,000.00 the bank did not collect at the foreclosure sale. The filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy also ties up your case in federal court for months.

Mortgage Modifications

Once your case is tied up either by the Order to Show Cause , a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a mortgage modification application can be submitted. Even if you were turned down in the past, you can still submit another mortgage modification application. God helps those who help themselves. All the bank can do is say no again if you submit another mortgage modification. However, during the mortgage modification underwriting process the bank generally will not move forward with trying to sell your home.

Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

Attorney Elliot Schlissel The best way to protect yourself and your family and keep your home is to hire an experienced foreclosure lawyer. The law office of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP has been representing homeowners for more than 3 decades. We have hundreds of cases pending throughout the courts in the Metropolitan New York area and our attorneys are in court virtually every day defending our clients and keeping them in their homes. You can call us for a free consultation at any of our three offices. Our phone numbers are 516-561-6645, 631-319-8262 and 718-350-2802. Our phones are monitored 7 days a week. We can be e-mailed at Elliot@sdnylaw.com. We aggressively represent our clients and do everything in our power to keep them in their homes.

House Scheduled to be Sold in Foreclosure: What Do You Do?

Foreclosure sale

At the end of a foreclosure sale a referee will advertise your home to be sold on the court house steps. The notice of the sale is published in local newspapers where the homeowners reside a minimum of four weeks prior to sale date. When this happens the homeowner usually receives notice of the scheduled sale date. Please note however if the homeowner has not hired an attorney or participated in the foreclosure litigation the financial institution and their attorneys are not legally obligated to give the homeowner notice of the foreclosure sale.

Stopping the Foreclosure Sale!

There are 2 main avenues a homeowner can pursue to stop a foreclosure sale. The first avenue is by filing an emergency order to show cause in the New York State court where the foreclosure is pending. The second avenue is by filing a bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court (a Federal Court) and obtaining an automatic stay from a bankruptcy judge to stop the foreclosure sale pursuant to the State Court order.

Bankruptcy Options

The filing of a bankruptcy guarantees that the foreclosure sale will be immediately stopped. Bringing an order to show cause in the New York State Court where the foreclosure is pending will require the judge assigned to the case to use their discretion as to whether to stop the sale.

Types of Bankruptcies

There are 3 types of bankruptcy that can stop a foreclosure sale. These are a Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies are reorganizations involving terms designed to allow the homeowner to catch up on the mortgage arrears. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a straight bankruptcy that simply eliminates or “discharges” the debt.

Should you be facing a foreclosure sale it is strongly recommended you immediately contact a foreclosure lawyer and review the aforementioned options with him or her.

Attorney Elliot Schlissel Elliot S. Schlissel is a partner in Schlissel DeCorpo LLP, a law firm that has been fighting foreclosures for more than 3 decades. He can be reached for a free consultation at Elliot@sdnylaw.com or at 800-344-6431. The law firm maintains offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties.

Obtaining A Mortgage Modification

Application for Mortgage Modification

Mortgage modifications are designed to prevent homeowners from having their home sold at a foreclosure sale. Obtaining a mortgage modification is an important option homeowners facing foreclosure should consider. Homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments for a variety of reasons. The best way to obtain a mortgage modification is for the homeowner to show they fell behind due to a hardship. The homeowner should document the hardship has ended, they are back on their feet and they are receiving regular income. There are a variety of factors used by the financial institutions when considering a mortgage modification. Some of these factors deal with the market value of the home as compared to the mortgage balance owed. In addition, if the present mortgage has a high rate of interest the bank may consider lowering the interest rate or doing a balloon mortgage modification to make it easier for the homeowners to meet their monthly mortgage payments in the future.

The Mortgage Modification Process

The mortgage modification process can be time consuming. During this process our office presents the financial institution with an aggressive foreclosure defense. We sue financial institutions to set aside the mortgage which also gives us leverage in the mortgage modification negotiations. We are persistent in following up on a regular basis on mortgage modifications. Often financial institutions and their servicing companies fail to properly process the mortgage modifications. We don’t let them get away with that.

Facing Foreclosure

Attorney Elliot Schlissel If you are facing foreclosure it is strongly suggested you hire an experienced foreclosure defense law firm to represent you in the foreclosure litigation and press the financial institution to give you a mortgage modification. We have offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. We can be reached for a free consultation at 800-344-6431 or e-mail us at Elliot@sdnylaw.com.

Loan Modifications

Application for Mortgage Loan Modification

Things in people’s lives change. Sometimes a family’s financial situation improves and sometimes it goes downhill. If you are facing a problem making your mortgage payments it is highly recommended that you pursue a loan modification. A mortgage loan modification is an agreement between the financial institution and the homeowner to change the terms of the mortgage loan. Loan modifications can provide homeowners with lower interest rates and changes in the monthly mortgage payments.

Financial Difficulties

Should you be having financial difficulties, if you are downsized, or if you have lost your employment, modifying your mortgage loan may be the best way to save your home from falling into foreclosure. A loan modification may keep you and your family secure in your home.

What Loan Modification Can Accomplish

Loan modifications can extend your payment terms, remove late fees and reduce your mortgage payments. If you have a mortgage where interest rates have been continually going up causing your mortgage payments to increase, it may be possible to obtain a fixed rate mortgage when you modify the loan. An experienced foreclosure defense law firm will be able to assist you with regard to applying for a mortgage modification. They can help you develop the appropriate hardship letter as well as see to it that you are not jerked around by the processing company for your financial institution. Dealing with the application for a mortgage modification can at times be a frustrating process where the mortgage loan processor repeatedly requests the same documents again and again even after you’ve provided them.

Attorney Elliot Schlissel Elliot S. Schlissel is a partner in the law firm of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP a well known foreclosure defense law firm that has been representing homeowners throughout the Metropolitan New York area for more than 3 decades. He can be reached for a free consultation at Elliot@sdnylaw.com or at 800-344-6431. The firm maintains offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties in the State of New York.

Beware of Foreclosure Scams and Forensic Loan Audit Scams

Foreclosure sign in front of house

Individuals in foreclosure may be solicited with regard to forensic loan audits and mortgage securitization analysis. It is claimed these audits and analysis will uncover improper and/or illegal loan documents. It is claimed this will force a loan servicer to give a homeowner a loan modification. These claims are usually false. If you have a problem with your mortgage and are facing foreclosure you should retain an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer. Generally speaking the securitization analysis or forensic loan audits usually cause homeowners to spend a lot of money and these procedures don’t accomplish either setting aside the mortgage or obtaining a mortgage modification for the homeowner.

Scams Concerning Deeds

There are a variety of scams regarding deeds. Usually a distressed homeowner is conned into signing the deed over to his or her property. Sometimes the scam offers to pay the homeowners money claiming if the deed is turned over to them they will straighten out the problem and thereafter re-deed the property back to the homeowner. Sometimes this happens by the scammer requesting the homeowners provide them with a power of attorney. If you are solicited with a proposal for someone to take title to your home, it is important you retain an experienced foreclosure lawyer to look into the propriety of this type of transaction.

Other Types of Foreclosure Scams

Attorney Elliot Schlissel

There are a variety of other types of scams which involve mortgage loan modification companies requesting homeowners to obtain loan modifications, phony solicitations to be part of Class actions for homeowners and scams involving suggestions a company can eliminate your mortgage. When a family finds their home is in foreclosure they often don’t know what to do or where to turn. However, if you are solicited with an easy way out be very careful. Generally speaking there is no easy way out of foreclosure. The best way to deal with foreclosure problems is to contact an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer and have him or her go through the various options available to you.

Elliot S. Schlissel is a partner in Schlissel DeCorpo LLP, a foreclosure defense law firm. They offer free consultations. He can be reached at Elliot@sdnylaw.com or 800-344-6431.

Foreclosure Court Conferences

Stopping the Foreclosure Sale

In the State of New York if a foreclosure lawsuit is started the financial institution must schedule a foreclosure mortgage modification conference with the court. These conferences take place in a dedicated location in the courthouse in the county the foreclosure is brought. The purpose of these conferences is to see if an alternative to the home being sold in the foreclosure lawsuit can be worked out. The most common means of dealing with the lawsuit is for the homeowner to apply for a mortgage modification. The purpose of these conferences is to allow the homeowners to maximize their potential of obtaining a mortgage modification.

Law Firms

There are law firms, such as mine, who have attended hundreds of foreclosure modification conferences. The experience in attending many of these conferences and dealing with the attorneys for the bank on a regular basis provides the law firms that deal with these matters with a unique type of expertise. Foreclosure attorneys that have an expertise in helping homeowners obtain mortgage modifications will greatly increases the potential the homeowners will be able to keep their homes. However, many homeowners attend these foreclosure mediation mortgage modification conferences without retaining a qualified defense lawyer. This is generally a mistake.

Bad Faith

An experienced foreclosure lawyer will have a unique prospective on maximizing the potential for the homeowner to obtain a mortgage modification. The standard utilized by courts in determining whether the financial institution and their attorneys are acting appropriately is referred to as “bad faith”. Whether the financial institution and their attorney are acting in bad faith is an issue to be presented to the court with regard to the mortgage modification process.

Loan Modification Application Process

An experienced foreclosure defense lawyer will have the expertise to work through the loan modification application process. This will provide his or her clients with the opportunity of attending as many settlement conferences as is necessary to maximize the homeowner’s potential of obtaining the mortgage modification. These procedures also delay the onset of the legal process that can result in the homeowners being forced to move from their home. If the mortgage modification process is successful the homeowners get to stay in their homes and the financial institutions attorneys are thereafter forced to withdraw the foreclosure lawsuit.

Conclusion

Attorney Elliot Schlissel

If you are served with legal papers in a foreclosure lawsuit or receive notice there is a foreclosure settlement conference coming up in court, it is important to retain the services of an experienced foreclosure defense law firm.

The law offices of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP have been fighting foreclosure lawsuits for more than 3 decades. The law firm has hundreds of pending cases throughout the courts in the Metropolitan New York area and the firm takes an aggressive position with regard to litigating these cases and helping clients obtain mortgage modifications. Should you have questions feel free to contact Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq. at 800-344-6431 or e-mail him at Elliot@sdnylaw.com. The law firm maintains offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties.

Stopping the Foreclosure Sale

Stopping the Foreclosure Sale

At the end of the foreclosure process in New York the home is scheduled to be sold by a court appointed referee. If you find yourself in this situation what do you do? The homeowner usually receives notice approximately 30 days before the house is sold. In some situations the homeowner only has several weeks to stop the foreclosure sale.

Legal Action to Stop the Foreclosure Sale

There are two avenues a homeowner can proceed to stop their families’ home from being sold. The first option is to bring an emergency order to show cause in the state court where the foreclosure case is pending. When this order to show cause is brought it requests the judge enter a court order stopping the foreclosure sale from going forward. However, it should be noted this is discretionary with the judge and the judge can turn down this application.

The second route to stopping a foreclosure sale is to file a bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing of a bankruptcy, whether it is a Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, guarantees the federal court will issue a stay ordering the state court, where the foreclosure is pending, to stop the sale from Elliot Schlisselmoving forward. After the bankruptcy is filed the attorneys for the homeowner serve the court order from the federal court on the attorneys for the financial institution and the referee appointed by the court to sell the home.

Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 Bankruptcies

Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies involve the reorganization of the debt of the homeowner. Plans are established to allow the homeowner to catch up on the mortgage arrears over a period of five (5) years or less. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as a straight bankruptcy. It simply eliminates or discharges the mortgage debt completely.

The best way to evaluate whether to proceed with an order to show cause in state court or one of the three (3) potential bankruptcy filings is to meet with a foreclosure lawyer as soon as you receive notice your home is going to be sold at auction. At a minimum an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer will be able to provide you with peace of mind and explain how the legal process is working in your case.

Foreclosure Strategies

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The best way to deal with a foreclosure is to take aggressive legal action when the foreclosure lawsuit is started and at the same time actively participate in the mortgage modification process. By both fighting the lawsuit, suing the financial institution to set the mortgage aside and working with the financial institution and their attorneys regarding a mortgage modification provides the best possibility of successfully seeing to it the homeowners to continue to live in their homes.

Mortgage Modification

The homeowners can apply for a mortgage modification before they are sued in foreclosure. If the homeowners finds themselves in financial difficulty they should immediately apply for a mortgage modification and submit a hardship letter to the bank explaining their financial difficulties. A mortgage modification can reduce monthly mortgage payments the homeowner has to make and in addition arrears owed to the financial institution can be placed at the end of the mortgage.

Litigating the Foreclosure Lawsuit

When served with the summons and complaint in a foreclosure lawsuit the homeowners should immediately retain competent experienced foreclosure defense lawyers. The attorneys for the homeowner should put in an answer including numerous affirmative defenses and counterclaims seeking to set the mortgage aside. Discovery applications requesting the financial institution to turn over all relevant documents related to the application, underwriting and processing of the mortgage should be instituted.

Foreclosure Sale

If the homeowner’s home is listed for sale in a foreclosure, the homeowner has 2 options. An emergency order to show cause can be brought to the court where the foreclosure is pending requesting the foreclosure sale be stopped. Another route the homeowner can take is to file a bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing of a bankruptcy causes the federal court to issue an automatic stay of all foreclosure proceedings. This stops the foreclosure in the state court. The bank’s lawyers and the referee appointed to sell their home are ordered to stop taking any legal action to move forward with regard to the sale of the homeowner’s home.

Types of Bankruptcies

There are basically three (3) types of bankruptcies the homeowner can utilize. Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies set out plans that keep the homeowners, if they have the appropriate cash flow, to become current on their mortgage. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy simply eliminates all of the homeowner’s debt.

Don’t Give Up

It is said that God helps those that help themselves. Sometimes homeowners when faced with foreclosure become depressed. They assume there is nothing they can do and they take no action. This Attorney Elliot Schlisselis the wrong approach. Faced with their home going into foreclosure homeowners should hire competent foreclosure defense counsel. Our office has helped hundreds of homeowners throughout the Metropolitan New York area continue to stay in their homes. We can be reached for a free consultation at our offices in Nassau, Queens and Suffolk Counties at the following phone numbers: 516-561-6645, 718-305-2802 or 631-309-8262. We can be e-mailed at Elliot@sdnylaw.com. We have been keeping homeowners in their homes for more than 3 decades!

Foreclosure Help

Foreclosure HelpThe ownership of a single family home is the American dream. A foreclosure in effect destroys that dream. Families facing foreclosure are apprehensive with regard to how they will deal with this situation. The threat of having your home sold and being forced out of your home is not something a family looks forward to. However, when a bank initiates a foreclosure lawsuit the homeowners have an opportunity to present their case in front of a judge. Since the foreclosure crisis laws have been enacted in New York State to encourage good faith settlement negotiations between financial institutions and homeowners. It gives homeowners an opportunity to consider all forms of loss mitigation. This includes having the homeowners obtain a reasonable mortgage modification.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcies are brought in federal courts. Upon filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy the federal bankruptcy court issues a stay stopping all legal proceedings in the state court. The state court foreclosure action is frozen. Your house will not be sold. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to reorganize your finances, establish a plan to catch up on your mortgage and it keeps you and your family in your home.

Stopping the Foreclosure from Moving Forward

While the homeowner is pursuing loss mitigation options including obtaining a mortgage modification, the foreclosure lawsuit must also be dealt with. This will require the homeowner to retain experienced legal counsel to put in an answer to the summons and complaint. The summons and complaint must be responded to in 20 days if the homeowner is personally served or 30 days if they are served by any other means other than having the summons and complaint put in their hands. If the homeowners do not put a written response in to opposing counsel and file that response with the court within a timely manner the lender will be able to obtain a default judgment against the homeowner. This means the homeowner will lose their opportunity to deny the allegations and pursue their claims against the financial institution. A default judgment will have the impact of reducing the time frame the homeowners have to pursue alternatives to the sale of their home and the homeowners being forced from their home.

Foreclosure Strategies

The best way to deal with a foreclosure litigation is take an aggressive posture. This means not only responding to the allegations in the complaint but counter-suing the financial institution to set the mortgage aside. This type of action gives the homeowners some leverage during the course of the mortgage modification process.

Attorney Elliot Schlissel

Conclusion

If you are facing foreclosure it is strongly recommended your retain an experienced foreclosure defense law firm as soon as you are served with paperwork staring the foreclosure lawsuit.

Elliot S. Schlissel, his partner Nathan D. DeCorpo, and his associates, having been fighting foreclosure lawsuits throughout the Metropolitan New York area for more than 30 years. The firm maintains offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties and can be reached at 800-344-6431 or by e-mail at Elliot@sdnylaw.com for the purpose of setting up a free consultation regarding foreclosure issues.

Representing Yourself in a Foreclosure

Representing Yourself

My office has been representing homeowners in foreclosure cases for more than 35 years. Often homeowners come to me and they tell me they have been representing themselves in a foreclosure. When I ask them how they are doling, they say well we were doing fine. This means the homeowner has hit a brick wall. If you need an operation would you engage in surgery on yourself? No homeowner should ever represent themselves in a foreclosure. At a minimum they will be greatly outmatched. Financial institutions have unlimited money to hire lawyers. Lawyers who engage in foreclosure practice sue hundreds of homeowners in multiple courts throughout the Metropolitan New York area. They have extensive experience in litigating foreclosure lawsuits.

The Stubborn Homeowner

In spite of what I have indicated above, our office sees quite a few homeowners who have been litigating their own cases. A large majority have done a poor job. However, occasionally I run into bright, articulate homeowners who are actually doing a good job in representing themselves in the foreclosure lawsuit. For those homeowners I ask them several questions. How to do you plan on questioning yourself if you are on the witness stand? Can you explain to me how you can establish the foundation for presenting evidence to the court? When I ask these questions the homeowners are usually dumbfounded.

Foreclosure Defense Lawyers

Most lawyers are not familiar with the process of defending foreclosure lawsuits. The defense to a foreclosure lawsuit involves specialized pleadings. The best defense to a foreclosure case would be to prove the homeowner has made the payments. However, this is almost never the case. The defenses to foreclosure lawsuits usually deal with sophisticated statutory defenses. Truth and Lending Laws violations, violations of state and federal banking laws, failure to provide proper notice, failure to serve a summons and complaint in conformity with statutory requirements, failure to act in good faith with regard to foreclosure mortgage modification conferences, failure to provide the appropriate documents at the closing and the list of legal defenses goes on and on.

Hire an Experienced Foreclosure Defense Lawyer

Only attorneys with intimate knowledge of the underwriting process of mortgage loans, the regulatory requirements financial institutions need to comply with and knowledge of the ins and outs of foreclosure cases can provide a specialized level of representation for homeowners. The banks hire experienced attorneys to bring their foreclosure actions. Homeowners should not rely on just any attorney to represent them. They should only hire experienced foreclosure defense lawyers with a track record of successfully representing homeowners.

Before hiring a foreclosure defense law firm ask them how many articles he or she has written regarding foreclosure cases. Our law office has been diligently litigating foreclosure lawsuits and Attorney Elliot Schlisselhelping homeowners obtain mortgage modifications for more than 30 years. We have kept hundreds of homeowners in their homes. We are available for free consultations. We pride ourselves in keeping our clients in their homes. We can be reached for a free consultation at our offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties at: 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or 631-319-8262. You can also e-mail us at Elliot@sdnylaw.com.

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