The Response To Being Served With A Summons And Complaint: The “Answer” – Part II

foreclosure lawyer“Counterclaims”

In addition to denying the allegations and submitting affirmative defenses, the homeowner can countersue the financial institution within the confines of the foreclosure lawsuit. These counter lawsuits are referred to as counterclaims. An example of a counterclaim would be a request to quiet title based on some fraudulent activity. This basically means you wish to set aside the mortgage because of fraudulent activity. Counterclaims can also be related to monetary damages based on filing a false lis pendens which damaged the title to the homeowner’s home. There are other possible counterclaims which can be brought.


Homeowners who do not submit an Answer to the court and the plaintiff’s counsel default with regard to the lawsuit. This allows the attorney for the bank to take a default judgment against the homeowner. The default judgment basically indicates the homeowner did not contest the lawsuit and the bank is entitled to all of the relief requested in their Complaint. When a financial institution receives a default judgment they can move much quicker to take action to cause the home to be sold at auction. The default will also allow the bank to obtain a deficiency judgment if they plead it in their Complaint should the proceeds of the sale of the home not satisfy the balance due in the note and mortgage.New York foreclosure defense attorney

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