As the summer comes to an end, I sit back and reflect on the most chaotic
and challenging summers I have experienced as an Attorney in the Foreclosure
World. As of June 2015, the funding for the Foreclosure divisions in all
South Florida’s Circuit Courts came to an end, forcing the courts
to terminate Magistrates, Case Managers, Clerks and switch Judges to different
divisions. In 2013, there was a desperate need to create separate a division
for foreclosure cases due to the enormous amount of foreclosure lawsuits
and the intense backlog they created. As a means to remedy this disorder,
the National Mortgage Settlement contributed approximately $21million
dollars to create separate foreclosure divisions throughout the State
of Florida with the proper staff and tools necessary to battle the onslaught
of ongoing and new foreclosure filings.
Since June 2015, it has been an absolute nightmare in court, a constant
struggle, and ongoing fight. According to Palmbeachpost.com, while pending
foreclosure cases have been whittled statewide from 329,171 in 2013 to
109,706 as of January 2015, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge
Labarga said in a letter to lawmakers this month that it would be hasty
to declare the housing market completely healed.
Although I have been very fortunate with the outcomes of my hearings, there
has been a significant increase in the amount of sale dates that are not
being cancelled. Also, there is no longer a HELP DESK for pro se litigants
and it has been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find any available
hearing dates within the same month.
One of the most devastating changes made in Broward County was getting
rid of the Magistrate. Magistrate Eiss was a GODSEND to the Broward County
Foreclosure Division. She is the epitome of fairness and justice to both
sides (Plaintiff and Defendant). She was THE solution to the never-ending
docket which allowed hearings to be heard in a timely manner, thus allowing
Lawyers the opportunity to return to their offices at an appropriate time
and not forced to remain in court all morning. The leaving of the Magistrate
was the worse thing to happen to Broward County’s foreclosure division.
With that, it has never been a more important time to seek the assistance
of Legal experts in Foreclosure.
On the Corner of Downsizing and Budget Chops,
Sonja L. Cajuste