Short Sale a Must?

On January 10, 2013, in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Short Sale

I already modified my mortgage, but because of new circumstances I am late again. Must I Short Sale my home now?

Not necessarily.

You may be able to get another loan modification based on your “new circumstances.” The HAMP guidelines were recently changed to address this situation. Homeowners who have defaulted on a trial or permanent HAMP loan modification are now eligible for a new HAMP loan modification. Additionally, the bank can always offer you an in-house loan modification if they want to. You may have several other options you can explore before doing a short sale. One of your options may be a chapter 13 bankruptcy. We have developed several strategies to assist distressed homeowners. A Short Sale is never the first option! It may be a good idea to consult with an attorney before making a final decision.

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Call  the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to discuss your options. 

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Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

On September 6, 2012, in Debt collection defense, by Jason Mays, Esq.

Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

Court Finds that Debt Collectors Misled Borrowers

A debt collection agency recently sent a letter to borrowers telling them that their student loan debts could not be discharged in bankruptcy, and must be paid. The truth is, student loans CAN sometimes be discharged in bankruptcy, although it is uncommon. Read more about this topic here.

Debt collectors misled borrowers often, judging from the number of successful Fair Debt Collection Practices lawsuits against them. If you have been harassed, lied to, contacted at unusual hours, or otherwise abused by debt collectors, you may be entitled to compensation.

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The attorneys at The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC can help in these matters.  Call (516) 858-2620 today for a free consultation!

Bankruptcy only if 500k in debt?

On January 17, 2012, in Bankruptcy, Debt settlement, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Don’t file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy unless you have 500k in debt!

That’s pretty much what a radio show host recently said. We can’t see how this is good advice. There is no minimum amount of debt that one must have in order to file bankruptcy! Even more disturbing was the fact that the host appeared to be offering some sort of debt settlement guide or program they created.

First, Debt settlement can work, but you need money to settle! You have to be able to  make a lump sum or monthly payments.

Secondly, we have had clients with very little debt file bankruptcy. Many individuals file bankruptcy to prevent home foreclosure, head off an impending lawsuit, discharge a judgment obtained against them etc.

Finally, Bankruptcy is not for everyone. We suggest that you speak with an attorney about bankruptcy and debt settlement before making a final decision.

As always, the Law Firm of VAUGHN & WEBER, PLLC is here to assist you.  We are conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, Long Island, at 393 Jericho Tpke., #208, in Mineola, NY.  Contact us at (516) 858-2620 to arrange a FREE consultation with a bankruptcy and debt settlement attorney.

Foreclosure Defense and Loan Modification Increase

On December 5, 2011, in Foreclosure, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Foreclosure Defense and Loan Modifications

Recently we have experienced an increase in the number of our clients receiving loan modifications.  These modifications are both HAMP and In-House, temporary and permanent.  The cause is unknown but for our clients, it doesn’t matter why.  They are just grateful that it is happening.  As the foreclosure world is still in shock with the announcement of the impending closing of Steven J. Baum, P.C., the increase in loan modifications is a good sign for distressed homeowners.  There was never as good a time to defend against foreclosure litigation.  Hopefully the new year will bring more of the same.  These modifications are not good for everybody however.  Each modification should be reviewed with an attorney to decide if the terms of the modification are right for your situation.  If you are currently in foreclosure or in danger of falling into foreclosure, and you have any questions, please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Foreclosure Attorney!

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