Settle 2nd Mortgage for 10% of amount owed?

On September 29, 2011, in Bankruptcy, Debt settlement, Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Settle  Your Second Mortgage

Settle your second mortgage for 10% of the loan amount owed?

Let’s say you owe 90k on your second mortgage and the bank is willing to accept 9k in full satisfaction. Not bad, right? Well, we have heard of such an offer! Generally, we would want to consider any issues or problems with the first mortgage holder. Additionally, among other things, we would want to determine  if the Homeowner could and/or should file bankruptcy and “strip-off” the second mortgage. At any rate, such an offer is certainly worthy of careful consideration.

The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, proudly assists residents of Nassau county (Long Island), Suffolk county (Long Island), Queens (New York), and Brooklyn (New York) with their legal matters. Call (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with an attorney!

Stop paying my second mortgage?

On December 13, 2010, in Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Can you stop paying your second mortgage?

Sure.

Should you stop paying your second mortgage?

Maybe not.

The prevailing theory is that if your home is worth less than what you owe on your 1st mortgage it is highly unlikely that the holder of your 2nd mortgage will bring a foreclosure action against you.

Well, although it may be rare, we did have a homeowner come into our office this year whose 2nd mortgage was being foreclosed although his home’s value was less than the amount owed on the 1st mortgage.  Additionally, lenders can, and some will,  “sue on the note” (bring an action against you to recover the money you promised to repay them) rather than bring a mortgage foreclosure action.

On the brighter side, we have seen 2nd mortgage payments reduced by as much as 80% a month.  Also, some lenders are willing to accept as little as 10% of what is owed on the 2nd mortgage as full payment. Additionally, if bankruptcy is an option, you might be able to “strip off” a totally unsecured second mortgage by filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy (see filing bankruptcy to save home from foreclosure).

We are often asked about paying and not paying second mortgages. Our answer: We can not advise you without knowing your specific situation and considering the particular options available to you.  So, make sure you are fully informed before making a final decision.

As always, The Law Firm of VAUGHN & WEBER, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in Mineola, NY.  You can Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to speak with an attorney.


News: No Upfront Fees For Debt Relief Companies

On August 6, 2010, in Message/News Board, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  issues rule prohibiting debt relief companies from collecting advance fees.

“Starting on October 27, 2010, for-profit companies that sell debt relief services over the telephone may no longer charge a fee before they settle or reduce a customer’s credit card or other unsecured debt.

Advance Fee Ban

The Final Rule contains specific requirements for debt relief providers related to charging an advance fee before providing any services. It specifies that fees for debt relief services may not be collected until:

  • the debt relief service successfully renegotiates, settles, reduces, or otherwise changes the terms of at least one of the consumer’s debts;
  • there is a written settlement agreement, debt management plan, or other agreement between the consumer and the creditor, and the consumer has agreed to it; and
  • the consumer has made at least one payment to the creditor as a result of the agreement negotiated by the debt relief provider.

To ensure that debt relief providers do not front-load their fees if a consumer has enrolled multiple debts in one debt relief program, the Final Rule specifies how debt relief providers can collect their fee for each settled debt. First, the provider’s fee for a single debt must be in proportion to the total fee that would be charged if all of the debts had been settled. Alternatively, if the provider bases its fee on the percentage of what the consumer saves as result of using its services, the percentage charged must be the same for each of the consumer’s debts.”

Click this link to read the entire FTC press release

Bankruptcy Attorney. Bankruptcy and The Automatic Stay

On May 13, 2010, in Bankruptcy, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy

The Automatic Stay

The filing of a chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy case automatically stays (stops or suspends) virtually all collection attempts (including those harassing phone calls), attachments, garnishments, foreclosures, and other actions by creditors against the person filing (the debtor) and their property.  A few days after a chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy case is filed, the court will mail a notice to all creditors ordering them to refrain from taking any further action against the debtor.  Any creditor who intentionally violates the automatic stay may be held liable in damages to the debtor.

However, criminal proceedings and actions to collect domestic support obligations are not normally stayed. The automatic stay also does not protect cosigners and guarantors of the person filing, and a creditor may continue to collect debts from those persons after the case is filed (chapter 7) or completed (chapter 13). Also, debtors who have had one or more recent bankruptcy cases dismissed may have the automatic stay shortened or denied altogether.

Caveat: A creditor could make a motion to “lift” the automatic stay. Such a motion, if granted, would allow that creditor to continue collection efforts against the debtor or their property.

Bankruptcy Attorney in Mineola

As always, the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island, at 393 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, NY 11501.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a bankruptcy attorney.

Please visit our Bankruptcy category to learn more about filing chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. This website is Attorney Advertising. It does not form an attorney-client relationship. We are a debt relief agency and a law firm that helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code – Title 11. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Proudly assisting residents of Long Island, Nassau county, Suffolk county, New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan