Lack of Standing Defense

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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a loan modification to allow the homeowners to continue to reside in their homes and have the foreclosure proceedings withdrawn.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

HAMP Mortgage Modifications

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

foreclosure defense attorney on Long IslandYour Loan Modification Was Denied!

This is not the end of the world. To start with, even if your loan modification was approved, they may not have modified your loan to the point where you can afford to make the payments. If your loan modification is denied, you must litigate the foreclosure lawsuit. After submitting an Answer with affirmative defenses and countersuing the bank, you have an opportunity to make discovery demands upon the bank. You can request documents, financial records and other information from the bank with regard to the processes, procedures and what was involved in initiating the mortgage, having the financial documents moved from one bank to another, and bank policies and procedures. This will give you more information with regard to defending your lawsuit.

Banks can be sued within their foreclosure proceedings. This is called countersuing the bank. In the foreclosure lawsuit, the bank must present testimony and documentary evidence to support their claims. It is not uncommon for litigated foreclosure lawsuits to take three to five years to get through the court system.

Does Foreclosure Mean You Are Losing Your Home?

The answer to this is no! The foreclosure lawsuit is the start of a process by a financial institution to take back the home. If proper Answers with affirmative defenses and counterclaims are filed and discovery demands are made, the banks can be put on the defensive. No one is going to show up at your house and force you out into the street. The purpose of the foreclosure proceeding is for the bank to obtain a court order to sell your home. This is not an easy process. It takes a long time to get through the legal system. Using an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer can give you the security of knowing you will not be forced out of your home in the short run. Before a bank can take your home, they must get through your foreclosure defense law firm. I can tell you this is not an easy thing to do if you are represented by the right lawyer.assisting homeowners on Long Island

Improper Service of a Summons and Complaint

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The Effect of the New Mortgage Rules on the Housing Industry

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Foreclosure Law

mortgage modification lawyerIn New York State there is a statute known as the New York Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law section 1304. This statute, in June of this year, was extended for five additional years. This section of the law requires a financial institution provide “at least 90 days before a lender, an assignee, or a mortgage loan servicer commences legal action against the borrower…such lender, assignee or mortgage loan servicer shall give notice to the borrower”.

90 Days Notice to Homeowner

The section requires the notice to the homeowner provide a warning they are on the verge of losing their home in a foreclosure lawsuit. In addition, this notice requirement gives key information concerning how long the homeowner is in default on their mortgage and how much is due and owing on their mortgage. The law requires service of this notice be given to the homeowner and they be given a reasonable opportunity to take action to save their home such as by negotiating a mortgage modification.

Prerequisite for Foreclosure Lawsuit

The service by the financial institution and/or its representatives of the notice under this section of the law is a necessary prerequisite before a foreclosure lawsuit can be initiated. In the event the financial institution fails to fully comply with this requirement, a homeowner in a foreclosure proceeding can move to have the foreclosure case dismissed.

Settlement Court Conferences

In June of this year, the settlement court conference requirements in foreclosure lawsuits was also extended for five years. New York Civil Practice Law and Rules section 3408 had established a mandatory settlement court conference requirement in all foreclosure lawsuits. Upon the service of a summons and complaint in a foreclosure lawsuit, the Supreme Court within twenty days of proof of filing of this foreclosure lawsuit, is required to schedule a mandatory foreclosure conference. The purpose of the foreclosure court conference is to have settlement discussions between the homeowner and the representatives of the financial institution. New York Civil Practice Law and Rules section 3408 requires both the homeowner and the representative of the financial institution negotiate in good faith to reach a solution to the foreclosure case by having the mortgage modified. It is the court’s responsibility to see to it both parties negotiate in good faith and there are not unreasonable delays caused by either party.

Lenders Not Compelled To Provide Mortgage Modifications

Unfortunately, even though a lender must attend a foreclosure court conference they have no obligation other than negotiate in good faith. Simply stated, they do not have to grant a mortgage modification. They can deny it for any reasonable reason. Unfortunately for homeowners, courts cannot force a lender to grant a mortgage modification under New York law.

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How to Reduce Mortgage Payments

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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

Proper Time to Rescind a Contract

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