Foreclosure Summons and Complaint

On August 6, 2010, in Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

I was just served with a foreclosure summons and complaint, what should I do?

You should respond!

The summons tells you that a foreclosure action has been filed and that you have twenty (20) or thirty (30) days to respond.  The complaint tells you why the foreclosure action was brought.

There are several different ways for you to respond to the foreclosure action (see our earlier post  “What Can I do if I’m facing Foreclosure”).  However, many of these responses won’t stop the foreclosure action or prohibit the bank from obtaining a default judgment against you.  Generally, a default judgment will be issued if you fail to file an answer or other legal response when it is due.  It is possible to defend a foreclosure action after a default judgment (see our earlier post “Defending Foreclosure after a Default Judgment”), but it is very risky, more difficult and will likely be more expensive.  Therefore, it is best to avoid having a default judgment entered against you.

You should consider consulting  a competent foreclosure defense attorney ASAP!

As always, The Long Island Foreclosure Defense Law Firm of VAUGHN & WEBER, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island, at 217 Willis Avenue in Mineola, NY 11501.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a foreclosure defense lawyer.

Please visit our Foreclosure category to learn more about foreclosure issues.

Tenants and Foreclosure

On May 17, 2010, in Foreclosure, Landlord-Tenant, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Tenants and Foreclosure

Tenants and Foreclosure

Many tenants are finding out that the property they are renting has been foreclosed on. As I stated in an earlier post, NY foreclosure law now requires that tenants residing in foreclosed properties receive written notification of the change in ownership of the property. The law also requires that the tenant be allowed to remain in  the foreclosed home for the remainder of their lease term or 90 days, whichever is longer.

Hopefully, you have a lease that was executed prior to the start of the foreclosure action and can find suitable housing for you and your family before your lease expires. If you do not have a lease, then you will only have 90 days to pack up and move your loved ones and all of your belongings.  After that, the new owner, which often times is the foreclosing lender, will seek to evict you.

If you are facing this type of eviction or any other type of eviction, we may be able to stop the eviction and get you additional time to move, etc. We were recently able to stop a foreclosing lender from forcing a family of seven (7) out onto the street.

Long Island Landlord Tenant Attorney

As always,  the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a Landlord-Tenant and Foreclosure Defense Lawyer.

Please visit our Foreclosure and Landlord-Tenant categories to learn more about foreclosure and Landlord-Tenant issues.

Fighting Foreclosure After a Default Judgment.

On May 5, 2010, in Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Default Judgment in Foreclosure

Your lender brought a mortgage foreclosure action and obtained a default judgment against you.

So, it’s game over and you are bound to lose your home to foreclosure, right? Not necessarily!

The scenario usually goes something like this:

Your mortgage lender brought a foreclosure action against you and allegedly had you served with a summons and complaint. You failed to hire a foreclosure defense attorney or respond to the summons and complaint. The lender proceeded with the foreclosure action and obtained a default judgment against you.  Now your home is set to be sold at a fast approaching foreclosure auction.

This is not a good situation for any homeowner.  However, you may still be able to defend the foreclosure action and save your home from foreclosure. You might even be able to get a loan modification before it is all said and done. To determine if any of this is possible, you need to contact a knowledgeable foreclosure defense attorney immediately. They will determine if there is still time and a chance to vacate the default judgment and defend the foreclosure action.

If you are facing this type of foreclosure or foreclosure in general, we may be able to stop the foreclosure and give you an opportunity to negotiate a loan modification. We were recently successful in stopping a foreclosure auction and getting the homeowner into a foreclosure settlement conference. The lender has expressed an interest in negotiating a loan modification for the homeowner.

Foreclosure Defense Attorneys 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, at 393 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, NY 11501.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a foreclosure defense lawyer.

Don’t hesitate, call a foreclosure defense attorney today! Because,It ain’t over till it’s over.” –Yogi Berra.

Please visit our Foreclosure category to learn more about foreclosure issues.

New York Foreclosure Law

On April 23, 2010, in Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

New York Foreclosure Law

New York Foreclosure Law

In 2009, Governor Paterson signed foreclosure legislation aimed at protecting homeowners and tenants.

Protection For Homeowners:

NY foreclosure law now requires that a 90-day pre-foreclosure notice be sent to all homeowners facing foreclosure. This notice is sent prior to the start of the foreclosure action and allows additional time for many homeowners to work with their lenders to prevent foreclosure. Previously, this notice was only sent to homeowners who had sub-prime loans. Caveat:  The 90-day notice period shall not apply, or shall cease to apply,  if the homeowner   does not occupy the 1-4 family dwelling as their principal residence.

This legislation also expanded the scope of the mandatory foreclosure settlement conference to include borrowers of all home loans.  The foreclosure settlement conference provides the homeowner with an opportunity to negotiate a loan modification with their lender. Previously, foreclosure settlement conferences were only available to homeowners who had sub-prime loans.

Protection For Tenants:

NY foreclosure law now requires that tenants, residing in foreclosed properties, receive written notification of the change in ownership of the property. The law also requires that the tenant be allowed to remain in  the  the foreclosed home for the remainder of their lease term or 90 days, whichever is longer.

New York Foreclosure Attorney

As always, the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC is here to assist you.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a consultation with a foreclosure defense attorney.

Please visit our Foreclosure category to learn more about foreclosure issues.

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