Foreclosure Defense Facts: Keeping Your Home When Facing Foreclosure – Part I

loan modification lawyerTo Avoid Default, You Must Answer The Summons And Complaint

A foreclosure lawsuit is initiated by the bank’s lawyers serving you with a Summons and Complaint. You can be served personally. The service can be on a person of suitable age and discretion at the residence. You can also be served by the process server leaving a copy of the Summons and Complaint at the residence and mailing you a copy. When you are served with a Summons and Complaint in a foreclosure you must file a written Answer. You must serve it on opposing counsel and file it with the Court within twenty days if served personally, or thirty days if served by any other means!

Mortgage Modification

You may be negotiating a mortgage modification with the bank. This does not change the fact you must respond to the Summons and Complaint by serving on opposing counsel a written Answer and filing it with the court. Negotiating a mortgage modification does not stop the foreclosure lawsuit from moving forward. If you don’t serve an Answer upon opposing counsel and file it with the court, the bank lawyers will take a default judgment against you. This will allow them to move forward with the foreclosure action without the court ever hearing as to whether you have a defense or wish to stay in your home.

Answering the Complaint

An Answer to the Complaint is a written response to the allegations in the Complaint. In addition to responding to what the bank states in their Complaint, you can submit affirmative defenses and you can also counter sue the bank. There are numerous requirements a bank must meet for their foreclosure lawsuit to go forward. Affirmative defenses can be alleged that the bank lacks standing to sue you, the bank does not have the original note and mortgage, the bank has violated truth in lending laws, the bank has failed to provide you with pre-foreclosure notice requirements, the bank was engaged in fraudulent activities, the person signing the documents is a robo-signer, and numerous other defenses. You only have to be successful with regard to one affirmative defense to stop the bank’s foreclosure lawsuit in its tracks!assistance for homeowners facing bankruptcy

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