Courts Flooded with New Foreclosure Cases in New York

foreclosure defense attorneysIt is estimated approximately 45,000 foreclosure cases will be filed in the Supreme Courts of the State of New York in 2013. It is anticipated more foreclosures will be filed in 2013 than in 2011 and 2012 combined in Courts.

The increase in court filings relates to lenders’ ability to provide documentation of their foreclosure lawsuits concerning the accuracy of the foreclosure filings. There was an affirmation requirement imposed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in October 2010, requiring attorneys for financial institutions bringing foreclosure proceedings to attest to the validity of the material in the foreclosure Complaint. On August 30, 2013, a “Certificate of Merit” replaced the attorney’s affirmation. The Certificate of Merit requires the financial institution and its attorneys to document the institution bringing the lawsuit has the mortgage and note and can document the assignments of the mortgage and note from prior financial institutions to them.

Foreclosure Settlement Conferences

Each foreclosure proceeding in the State of New York is subject to a Foreclosure Settlement Conference. More and more homeowners are retaining attorneys to represent them in foreclosure proceedings in New York. Homeowners are utilizing foreclosure lawyers to represent them at the Foreclosure Conferences for the purpose of pressuring financial institutions into granting the homeowners mortgage modifications. It is estimated there will be more than 100,000 Foreclosure Settlement Conferences taking place in the State of New York before the end of the year 2013. The huge number of settlement conferences is causing the legal system in New York to be overburdened.

Approximately half of the homeowners represent themselves at the settlement conferences. Unfortunately, most homeowners representing themselves have difficulties at the settlement conferences and do not obtain good outcomes. Legal representation has a significant impact on the success rate of resolving the foreclosure lawsuits to the homeowners’ benefit.assisting homeowners

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