Avoiding Foreclosure With Loan Modification and Persistence
The client bought a home with his mother, both of them were on the deed to the property and the loan. The clients fell on hard times and were unable to make the mortgage payments. The house eventually went into foreclosure and the clients hired Loan Lawyers to represent them to save the home. Loan Lawyers got to work on a loan modification with the servicer. However, the mother previously filed bankruptcy, and her obligation to pay on the loan was discharged. She also executed a quitclaim deed to her son, so he was the only legal owner of the home at that point. However, the mother was still officially a borrower under the loan documents even though she filed for bankruptcy.
Eventually, the loan modification was approved but the servicer wanted both borrowers to execute the loan modification. The mother refused to sign since she already did a bankruptcy and gave up her interest in the house. This created a tremendous obstacle to the loan modification. The servicer is not required to modify the loan in the first place and they were demanding that the mother sign the agreement as well since was still technically a borrower.
This situation required persistence and perseverance. After escalating this issue to the upper management at the servicer, and many phone calls and threats of litigation, the servicer finally relented. The loan was modified with only the son’s signature and the foreclosure case was dismissed. Another house saved through some good old fashioned hard work.
Money Returned and Settlement Check
The client first contacted our office because their bank account had been garnished and all funds in it seized by a company that they had never heard of. The client had no documents related to the case and no information as to why the funds were taken other than a statement by their bank that the funds were taken pursuant to a Court order. Our office thoroughly investigated the claims of the client and discovered that the client had been sued about an old debt of which they had no knowledge. In fact the case was so old that all records in possession of the Court were destroyed due to age. We continued our investigation and were ultimately able to uncover evidence that the client’s next door neighbor was served with the complaint, not the client. The neighbor never informed our client as to the lawsuit. We discovered that the Court and the creditor had been mailing legal documents to the neighbor for years as to this matter. We notified the creditor of this error and upon their refusal to rectify it, filed a lawsuit against them pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. We also prepared a motion to vacate the judgment and to return the funds taken from our client’s bank account. The Court ultimately ruled in our favor as to our motion, vacating a very old judgment. The creditor later dismissed their case with prejudice. The Client was extremely pleased at the outcome of the case having all their money returned as well as receiving a nice settlement check.
Loan Lawyer successful in defeating the judgment holder’s attempt to renew the judgment.
The client came to our office with a lawsuit to renew a 20-year-old judgment that was set for trial the following week. In Florida, a judgment is good for 20 years. This is why you should never ignore a lawsuit. If you ignore a lawsuit, the plaintiff will get a judgment against you that will collect interest for the next 20 years. Even though a judgment is good for 20 years, a judgment holder has the right to file a new lawsuit to renew the judgment for another 20 years! That is where this client’s case was. The judgment holder filed a lawsuit to renew the judgment just weeks before the 20-year expiration. The original judgment was for just over $4,000, but with interest, the client now owed over $14,000! The client hired another attorney to negotiate a payment plan to pay this judgment off. She had the good sense to call us for a second opinion, however. We reviewed the case and realized that this case should be taken to trial, which was set for the following week. One of our trial attorneys, Matthew Bavaro, appeared on behalf of the client at trial and was successful in defeating the judgment holder’s attempt to renew the judgment. This means that the client no longer owed any money on the judgment. That was a substantially better result than making a payment plan to pay off the judgment. This is why you should only hire a trial lawyer if you are being sued. Many of the attorneys who represent debt collectors are not trial attorneys themselves, and they rely on everyone settling. However, once they face a real trial attorney, their case often begins to fall apart. This was a phenomenal result for this client and we are so happy to have been able to assist her.
Sorry Bank, no taking advantage of Loan Lawyers clients!
Our client came into the office with a pending foreclosure on his home. He had two modifications previously that the mortgage loan servicer botched. It is unfortunately not uncommon for a homeowner to obtain a modification, sign everything, pay everything, and then breathe a sigh of relief only to find out that the mortgage loan servicer made errors in inputting information. Then, the homeowners gets billed incorrectly, the amounts due are not accurate, they get hit with late fees and possibly forced place insurance. So much for that loan modification and breathing easy.
That is exactly what happened with this client. We were able to successfully negotiate a great modification for this client, however, after everything was signed, sealed, and delivered, he began receiving notices that he was behind on the mortgage payments. Then the servicer started tacking on improper fees and for some reason just could not get the loan terms and payments correct. Our client, however, made all of his payments on time each month and did everything that was expected of him. We sent letters and made calls, but to no avail. Every month our client received another mortgage statement with incorrect information and improper fees. So, realizing that the loan servicer did not wake up, we decided to sue the loan servicer for violating the law and regulations designed to prevent issues like this from happening. We have been able to get all of the issue corrected due to our lawsuit, and are now able to negotiate a monetary settlement for the client as well.
If you find yourself in a similar position after a loan modification, please do not wait to get help. We have seen many homeowners try to handle situations like this on their own and they end up in foreclosure. We can assure you that the sooner you get assistance, the better the chances of getting the issues resolved will be. If your bank or mortgage loan servicer is not properly accounting for your payments after a modification, call us right now for your free consultation at 1-888-FIGHT-13. If we find you have a case against your mortgage loan servicer , we may take your case on contingency, which means there would be no legal fees or costs unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Striking Back at Payday Loan
Nicholas came to Loan Lawyers because he was receiving numerous auto-dialed and/or pre-recorded message phone calls on his cell phone from a debt collector trying to collect on a payday loan he had taken out to pay his bills. The phone calls were causing a major disruption in his everyday life, affecting his ability to work and make a living. Every time Nicholas answered the phone, the caller (debt collector’s agent) would be very rude and would make numerous threats to Nicholas if he did not pay the outstanding balance. At this same time, Nicholas lost a family member and was dealing with a lot of stresses of life. The debt collector ignored Nicholas’s numerous attempts for the debt collector to stop calling his cell phone, while he attempted to get back to work and pay back the loan. Nicholas was unable to escape the phone calls. Every time he would block their number, the debt collector would call again from a new local number. Thankfully, Nicholas found the relief he was looking for from the help of the staff at Loan Lawyers. With Loan Lawyers representing him, Nicholas filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the debt collector for violation of the TCPA and FCCPA. Nicholas alleged that the debt collector willfully or knowingly violated the TCPA by calling his cell phone with an auto-dialer and/or pre-recorded message without Nicholas’s prior consent.
Under the TCPA, a person can receive $500 in damages for each violation or $1,500 for each violation if the defendant willfully or knowingly violated the TCPA. The matter was resolved, the debt collector waiver the outstanding balance on Nicholas’s payday loan. Nicholas is now able to move on without the burden of the debt collector threatening and harassing him. Nicholas can now move on with his life away from the debt collector’s disrupting phone calls that haunted him thanks to the staff and lawyers at Loan Lawyers.
Loan Lawyers has helped over 5,000 South Florida homeowners and consumers with their debt problems. We have saved over 1,800 homes from foreclosure, eliminated $100,000,000 in mortgage principal and consumer debt, and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of our clients due to bank, loan servicer, and debt collector violations, negligence and fraud. Contact us for a free consultation to see how we may be able to help you.
** Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.
Sleeping Sound on Paid Mattress
Stan came to Loan Lawyers because he was receiving numerous auto-dialed phone calls on his cell phone from a bank trying to collect on a mattress he purchased from a local store. The phone calls were causing a major disruption in his everyday life. The bank would ignore Stan’s requests to stop calling his cell phone and would instead call Stan at all hours of the day. Stan was unable to escape the harassment and felt there was no way to stop the bank from causing him so much agony. Stan informed the bank that he was trying to find a new job so that he could make payments to the bank for the outstanding balance. Instead of stopping the calls the bank continued to call Stan’s cell phone even while he was working at his new job causing problems with him and his boss. Thankfully, Stan found the relief he was looking for from the help of the staff at Loan Lawyers. With Loan Lawyers representing him, Stan filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the bank for violations of the TCPA and FCCPA. Stan alleged that the debt collector willfully or knowingly violated the TCPA by calling his cell phone with an auto-dialer and/or pre-recorded message without Stan’s prior consent. In addition, Stan alleged that the frequency of which the bank called him constituted harassment under Florida law.
Under the TCPA, a person can receive $500 in damages for each violation or $1,500 for each violation if the defendant willfully or knowingly violated the TCPA. The matter was resolved; the debt was waived, in addition to Stan being compensated for the phone calls he received. Stan is able move on without the burden that the bank threatening and harassing him. Stan can now move on with his life away from the loan servicer’s disrupting phone calls that haunted him thanks to the staff and lawyers at Loan Lawyers.
Loan Lawyers has helped over 5,000 South Florida homeowners and consumers with their debt problems. We have saved over 1,800 homes from foreclosure, eliminated $100,000,000 in mortgage principal and consumer debt, and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of our clients due to bank, loan servicer, and debt collector violations, negligence and fraud.
**Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.
We Beat Wells Fargo at Trial in this Week’s Broward Foreclosure Trial
My hat’s off to our foreclosure defense team on another job well done in this week’s Broward County foreclosure trial. This was a unique case. The bank lost the note and the assignment of mortgage plus they got the completely wrong legal description on the mortgage. You might say that banks lose notes and documents all of the time, however this is a common misconception. It is VERY rare that a bank can not find the documents it needs. Why is the general perception that bank lose paperwork? Banks used to often file foreclosure lawsuits alleging that they lost the note even though they had it. At the time of trial, or shortly before, they would then drop the lost note count in its complaint. I imagine that the banks were so overwhelmed with the sheer number of foreclosures that it was more efficient for them to say they lost the note and then find it later. That being said, there are very few true lost note cases.
This foreclosure trial that we won this week in Broward was one of those few cases. Not only did the bank lose the note, they lost the assignment of mortgage also and they did not even have a copy of it. At trial, the bank witness admitted that they only had a copy of the note and that copy was still payable to the original lender. They had no proof that the original lender ever indorsed the note to the plaintiff which was some securitized trust. In fact, the witness admitted she did not know if the note was ever indorsed. So, the note was still payable to the original lender. Now, the bank can prove standing by introducing the an assignment of mortgage and note. However, they alleged that this was lost too and they did not even have a copy. So, Wells Fargo simply had no proof that the trust properly owned the loan.
To make matters worse, the mortgage that they were seeking to foreclose on did not have the correct legal description. The bank had a count for reformation of mortgage but they never elicited any testimony that the legal description was wrong or what the correct legal description should be. We successfully argued to the court that these were all problems that the bank could not overcome. The court agreed and entered a final judgment in favor of the homeowner. Another satisfied customer.
If you are facing foreclosure in Florida, Loan Lawyers is here to fight for your rights and to do everything we can to save your house. Consultations are free and rates are affordable. Call us now to schedule an appointment with one of our foreclosure attorneys in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach counties.
How Does a Principle Reduction from $473,000 to $125,000 Sound to You?
Score another one for the good guys. This client was put into foreclosure at the end of 2012. According to the bank, he owed $473,000. That does not include attorneys’ fees and costs. Our lawyers immediately went to work on the litigation and a loan modification and achieved a phenomenal result. The principle on his mortgage was reduced to $125,000! That is a huge principle reduction and a a great score for our client.
In addition, the interest rate went from 9.49% to 2% for the first five years and 3.75% for the remainder of the term. The payment went from $3,192.47 to $570.29! This is as good as it gets and my hat’s off to our team for getting this done. These types of results do not come without hard work and believing in what you do.
If you are thinking of hiring an attorney for your foreclosure situation, do your homework. Not all law firms are created equal. While we can never guarantee results like this, if you hire a lawyer without the tools and experience to properly represent you, you have almost no chance of getting a similar result.
Our foreclosure lawyers are available for free consultations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.
Reduction in Mortgage Principle for a Foreclosure Client
It just doesn’t get much better than this. (Don’t flame me about a free house being better please). This foreclosure client had a total amount due of approximately $241,000 on her mortgage. She was put into foreclosure in 2009. Our foreclosure lawyers have been working on her file since the beginning of 2010. The bank finally relented and the principle balance on her mortgage was reduced to $50,000! That is almost an 80% reduction in the client principle.
The new mortgage payment on this property is $228.12! Not too shabby and kudos to our litigation team and modification teams. Results like this can never be guaranteed and every case has different facts, but if you want to have a chance of getting a modification like this, you need to fins a foreclosure defense lawyer who knows how to litigate a case.
At Loan Lawyers, we have decades of combined legal experience and we are ready to fight the bank for you. You need to to take the first step and call us. We offer free consultations with our foreclosure and modification lawyers in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Put our foreclosure defense and loan modification experience to work for you.