Jobs in the private sector may be on the way up—a complete change of pace from the post-Recessionary years—but optimism about the mortgage industry is still way down in the wake of massive foreclosure abuses at major mortgage lenders. In fact, The New York Times recently published a shocking article detailing the struggles of homeowners facing foreclosure framed by mortgage servicing horror stories piling up all across the nation. According to the Times, dubious mortgage practices— widespread document execution fraud, misrepresenting fees, forgeries on signatures for your key mortgage documents, and making deceptive statements about efforts to correct paperwork—have become the norm, not the exception, for many a major mortgage lender from the West Coast to the East Coast. Although federal authorities have apparently dropped the ball on regulation and investigation, as the Times put it, “it’s nice to know some attorneys general are taking matters into their own hands. One is Martha Coakley of Massachusetts, whose lawsuits against big banks have unearthed important details about dubious mortgage practices. Another is Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada. She filed a case against Morgan Stanley that was settled last year, generating as much as $40 million in monetary relief for borrowers. She also participated in a suit against Wells Fargo that resulted in $45 million in principal forgiveness for Nevadans. And she has a case pending against Bank of America.
Last month, Ms. Masto sued Lender Processing Services, the huge default and foreclosure processor that works behind the scenes for most large banks. With this case, she demonstrated how enlightening an in-depth study can be. The complaint, which came after a 14-month inquiry, contends that L.P.S. deceived consumers by committing widespread document execution fraud, misrepresenting its fees and making deceptive statements about its efforts to correct paperwork. Investigators interviewed former L.P.S. employees and customers and examined foreclosures the company had worked on. ‘L.P.S. played a critical role in the deceptive foreclosure practices that have harmed Nevada homeowners and burdened Nevada courts,’ the complaint said.” Now the only hope for many consumers who’re facing eviction and foreclosure, predicated upon false, forged, fraudulent and/or inaccurate documents is often bankruptcy. If you are a homeowner experiencing difficulty making your mortgage payments or facing foreclosure, relying on modification, or, worse yet, for banks to shape up before they ship you out, a last resort may land you in a lot of trouble. Filing for bankruptcy, on the other hand, can in many instances protect your home from creditors and keep foreclosure out of the picture. If you have a regular income, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing offers the opportunity to catch up on your missed mortgage payments, and your home will be protected by the bankruptcy court’s automatic stay, which stays, or freezes, collections actions, including foreclosures. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing may also protect your property, depending on the circumstances and the extent of your other outstanding debt. If you are looking for bankruptcy advice you can trust, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at The Law Firm of John C. Orcutt. If you’re one of the many North Carolina homeowners facing foreclosure, contact the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt today to discuss how Chapter 13 bankruptcy can save your family’s home. Call today: 1-888-234-4181.