Ocwen Financial Corporation Fined $150 Million Dollars

foreclosue lawyer for homeownersOcwen Financial Corporation, the largest sub prime mortgage servicing company in the United States, has entered into a consent order with the State of New York to pay $150 million dollars to New York homeowners and to modify and reform its practices concerning the servicing of mortgage obligations. The settlement was made with the Department of Financial Services of the State of New York.

Payment to Former and Current Homeowners

The terms of the settlement require Ocwen to pay $50 million dollars in restitution to both current and former homeowners who had dealings with Ocwen. Ocwen is to pay $10,000 to each homeowner who lost their homes pursuant to a foreclosure proceeding since 2009. In addition, Ocwen had to pay a $100 million dollar civil penalty by the end of December 2014. The State of New York is going to utilize these funds for foreclosure relief, housing for families whose homes have been foreclosed on and for community development purposes.

The $150 million dollar consent agreement with Ocwen was the result of an investigation between 2010 and 2011 concerning wrongful foreclosures, poorly documented foreclosure practices, “robo-signing”, the submission of inaccurate affidavits to courts, and sloppy, improperly maintained business records and paperwork.


In the event you are a homeowner whose home is currently in foreclosure or was foreclosed upon by Ocwen since 2009, you are entitled to compensation pursuant to Ocwen’s settlement with New York State.

foreclosure lawyer New York and Long IslandElliot Schlissel is a foreclosure defense attorney. He helps keep clients in their homes. He obtains mortgage modifications for clients and he fights for client’s rights in foreclosure lawsuits.

Bankruptcy And Foreclosure

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Elliot S. Schlissel is a foreclosure attorney who has been helping homeowners stay in their homes for more than 20 years.  He defends his clients in foreclosure lawsuits, helps his clients obtain mortgage modifications, and when appropriate, represents them in bankruptcy proceedings.  He and his associates can be reached for consultation at 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or by email to schlissel.law@att.net.

The Foreclosure Settlement Conference – Part I

foreclosure on Long IslandGovernor Cuomo, a number of years ago, established foreclosure settlement conferences as a requirement for all foreclosure lawsuits in the State Of New York. An extremely important area in foreclosure defense involves an attorney representing the homeowner at foreclosure settlement conferences. At these conferences, there are meetings between the foreclosing institution’s attorneys, and the attorneys for the homeowner. These meetings are supervised by court appointed referees. It is the referee’s duties to see if he or she can get the parties together to work out a loan modification to allow the homeowners to continue to reside in their homes and have the foreclosure proceedings withdrawn.

Submission of Documents

Besides attending the foreclosure court conference, it is necessary for the homeowners to submit detailed mortgage modification packages through their counsel. The submission at the foreclosure court conference is different than the submissions made by homeowners outside of court supervision.

Complaints Regarding The Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP)

There are numerous complaints with regard to the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP). Homeowners, rightfully so, complain the banks jerk them around, lose their documents, don’t respond to their communications and that the program simply doesn’t work.

One of the purposes of the mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences is to put pressure on the financial institutions to properly underwrite the mortgage modification applications and act in good faith. There are penalties potentially available for financial institutions who fail to act in good faith and properly underwrite mortgage modification applications submitted pursuant to the mandatory foreclosure conference parts.foreclosure defense attorney

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

Foreclosure Defense Strategies

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Homeowners must understand a foreclosure lawsuit is simply a lawsuit between a bank and the homeowners. Homeowners have rights and banks have an extremely heavy burden to meet to be successful in a foreclosure lawsuit. When a homeowner is served with a Summons and Complaint, he or she must submit a written Answer to opposing counsel and file the Answer with the court. The homeowner should be asserting affirmative defenses and counterclaims against the financial institution in his or her Answer. The homeowner can use the foreclosure lawsuit to obtain leverage against the bank and put pressure on them to grant a mortgage modification.

The Answer

When served with the foreclosure Summons and Complaint, the homeowner has twenty days to respond if served personally, and thirty days to respond if served by any other means other than personal service. The homeowner can either submit an Answer or in certain circumstances, make a motion to dismiss the lawsuit right off the bat. It is important to remember that lending institutions and foreclosure legal action by them are extremely heavily regulated by State, Federal and local laws and regulations. Foreclosure defense attorneys utilize these regulations of financial institutions in developing defenses for homeowners. In addition to making a motion to dismiss, and submitting defenses, a homeowner can submit what are called affirmative defenses. These are technical legal challenges on substantive grounds with regard to issues related to the foreclosure lawsuit. Examples of affirmative defenses are: lack of standing, robo-signing, dual tracking, failure to document the loan, improper notice, improper service, fraud, loan modification issues and many other affirmative defenses.


Counterclaims can be brought against financial institutions seeking monetary damages. These countersuits can be based on allegations the financial institution caused injury to the homeowner. There are also statutory violations and statutory penalties which can be brought against the financial institution. Unique facts related to each homeowner’s situation can be molded into an appropriate Answer with affirmative defenses and countersuits against the bank.


After the Summons and Complaint is served and an Answer is submitted, a lawsuit enters what is called the discovery phase. During this phase the attorneys for the homeowner can force the bank to turn over documents, bank records, underwriting records, and other information to help the homeowner with his or her defenses. If the bank’s attorneys refuse to comply with discovery demands, motions to dismiss the lawsuit can be made to the court.

foreclosure lawyers on Long IslandDeveloping The Response To The Summons and Complaint In The Foreclosure Lawsuit

Some law firms who handle one or two foreclosures a year look at a research book and submit a standard response in their answer. This is a standardized document not tailored to the specific needs of the homeowner. Our law firm, which has represented hundreds of homeowners, does not use boiler plate responses. Each and every foreclosure lawsuit is analyzed and specific affirmative defenses and countersuits related to the circumstances in each and every case are submitted by our law office.

Foreclosure Settlement Conferences

New York State has mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences required to be attended by the attorney for the homeowner and counsel for the lender. At these settlement conferences both parties are expected to negotiate and act in good faith. Referees at these conferences try to motivate the financial institutions to grant the homeowner a mortgage modification. Even if the homeowner has been turned down several times before, he or she can still use the leverage of the mandatory foreclosure court conference to obtain a mortgage modification.

Motion for Summary Judgment By The Banks’ Lawyers

In almost every foreclosure lawsuit, at some point, the attorneys for the financial institution bring a motion for summary judgment. This motion basically states that there are no issues of fact involved in the case, no valid defenses and the bank should be entitled to a judgment of foreclosure without a trial or further hearing. This is where the affirmative defenses and discovery demands by the homeowner come into play. The affirmative defenses can be utilized to argue to the court what the bank has done wrong. The failure of the bank to provide necessary documents and other requested information by the lawyer for the homeowner can help to defeat the summary judgment motion.


Banks do not always win foreclosure lawsuits. The legal system is designed to see to it financial institutions don’t take advantage of homeowners. Our law firm’s single goal is to help homeowners fight the foreclosure, keep their home, and obtain mortgage modifications. We have been successfully representing homeowners for more than 20 years.homeowner advocates on long island

No Money Down Mortgages

foreclosure attorney on long islandIn 2008, there was a financial crisis in the United States. The economy wasn’t doing well, banks went out of business. Hundreds of thousands of Americans couldn’t meet their mortgage payments and their homes went into foreclosure. In 2014, six years later, we are still dealing with the aftermath of the issues created by giving mortgages to individuals who couldn’t afford to make the payments.

The no money down mortgage, to a minor extent, still exists in the United States. The no money down mortgage, which to a considerable extent, was responsible for the housing bubble that existed in the United States in 2008, does still exist in 2014. Although this type of mortgage is still available in the marketplace, it is hard to find.

What is a no money down mortgage? This is a mortgage where 100% of the purchase price of a house is financed. A no money down mortgage can allow people with virtually no assets to buy a house. However, these types of mortgages usually come with higher fees, and high interest rates.

Veterans’ Administration Mortgages

The Veterans’ Administration still has mortgage programs which allow veterans to purchase homes without putting money down. These programs, however, have funding fees of two or three percent. The fee is required to be paid in advance. This payment in advance actually creates a down payment of sorts.

There is also a program by the United States Department of Agriculture which offers no money down mortgage in rural areas. It should be noted that some suburban areas around large cities are still considered to be rural areas by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Credit Unions

While banks are for profit institutions, credit unions are not for profit institutions. An example of a credit union which offers a no money down mortgage is the Navy Federal Credit Union. The no money down mortgage given by the Navy Credit Union has a 1.71% funding fee. This funding fee must be paid at the time the mortgage is given.

What Mortgage is Right for You?

If you are in the market to buy a home, you should meet with a mortgage consultant. You should discuss your financial circumstances and make inquiry as to what type of mortgage is best for you and your family. This discussion should take into consideration your long term ability to make the mortgage payments to avoid having your home going into foreclosure.

helping homeowners stay in their homesElliot S. Schlissel is a foreclosure attorney. He represents individuals and families throughout the Metropolitan New York area whose homes have gone into foreclosure. Elliot and his staff of lawyers take the appropriate legal action to keep families in their homes and avoid losing their homes in foreclosure proceedings.

Bank Had No Obligation to Grant a Mortgage Modification

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Foreclosure Proceeding Dismissed Due To Lack of Standing

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Bank Delays Tolls Interest in Foreclosure Lawsuit

mortgage modification attorneysA homeowner by the name of Lucic brought an application before Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton who sits in New York County. The motion in the foreclosure case was to stop the mortgage payments from accruing in the foreclosure lawsuit that had been brought against him concerning his condominium apartment. Justice Moulton took the position the 6.5% interest rate on the mortgage held by Bank of America was a bit high taking into consideration the current interest rate payments.

HAMP Application

Bank of America opposed the motion. They claimed they had reviewed the HAMP application submitted by Lucic and they denied it pursuant to the Freddie Mac HAMP guidelines. Justice Peter Moulton found the argument submitted by Mr. Lucic, that Bank of America violated New York Civil Practice Law section 3408. The bank had failed to timely and properly process his mortgage application for a loan modification. They also continually made demands for the same documents which had previously been submitted to the financial institution. The court took the position Bank of America had engaged in a “two year run around”. The court took into consideration Lucic had diligently and faithfully provided Bank of America with the information they requested on many occasions. The court therefore took action and tolled (stopped) interest from accruing on this foreclosure from April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2012.


Each and every week homeowners come into my office and they tell me the same thing. They submitted a mortgage modification application and the bank they were dealing with continually asked they resubmit the same information over and over again. Sometimes these submissions took place over a period of years. The reason why the mortgage modification process doesn’t work is the banks have refused to properly fund this program. By under staffing the program, and not setting up internal guidelines, they have frustrated individuals who apply for mortgage modifications. For the large majority of home owners seeking help, HAMP instead of helping them, frustrates them.helping homeowners stay in their homes

Lack of Standing Alleged in Pleadings

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