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 We aggressively represent our clients and do everything in our power to keep them in their homes.

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