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Florida Supreme Court Decision Could Cause a ‘New Wave’ of Foreclosures

November 9, 2016 Posted by kingcade

In a recent decision made by the Florida Supreme Court, servicers may now file new foreclosure actions against borrowers who won foreclosure cases more than five years ago if the borrowers default again within five years of the first case’s dismissal. That means the lender can make another attempt to collect, as long as it is within the next five-year period and the borrower had started paying again and then stopped.

The case, Lewis Brooke Bartram v. U.S Bank National Association was decided in favor of the mortgage servicers as borrowers argued a five-year statute of limitations should apply.

The court’s ruling, authored by Justice Barbra Pariente, determined that when foreclosure actions are dismissed, servicers and borrowers return to their ‘pre-foreclosure’ complaint status. This allows homeowners to continue to pay back their loans in installments, rather than all at once. But it also revives the lender’s right to seek acceleration and foreclosure based on any subsequent defaults, saying:

Accordingly, the statute of limitations does not continue to run on the amount due under the note and mortgage.

This decision is expected to cause a new wave of foreclosure cases within the next year or so, basically giving the banks a ‘do-over.’ The ruling applies to tens of thousands of foreclosures in South Florida alone, those hardest hit by the Great Recession.

Florida was ranked No. 1 in the country for completed foreclosures in 2015-16, with 55,000 actions, according to real estate data tracking firm CoreLogic.

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/226274-supreme-court-new-wave

http://www.dsnews.com/daily-dose/11-06-2016/state-spotlight-floridas-supreme-court-ruling-win-servicers

Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Statute of Limitations in Foreclosures

February 17, 2016 Posted by kingcade

In Florida, there is a five-year statute of limitations that prevents banks from proceeding with a foreclosure beyond that time period, even after a lengthy court process. However, some mortgage servicers are making payments on behalf of their borrowers to help keep the accounts active in an attempt to preserve their foreclosure rights.

These servicers are waiting on the Florida Supreme Court’s decision on the case U.S. Bank v. Bartram. This case will determine if servicers can restart foreclosures after five years or if they will be barred by Florida’s statute of limitations.

If the court rules that mortgage servicers cannot restart the clock, some foreclosures could be permanently barred, forcing banks to accept less, give deals or greatly lower the monthly payment, according to the article by Moody’s Investors Service. Banks may also opt for a short sale in order to get any recoveries.

According to the report, the court’s ruling will impact a minor amount of cases. “Only approximately three percent of private label loans backed by properties in Florida had a prior foreclosure dismissed and are greater than 60 days delinquent or in foreclosure.”

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

High Profile Foreclosure Case moves to Florida Supreme Court

November 30, 2015 Posted by kingcade

The Florida Supreme Court is in the final stages of determining when the clock starts ticking on mortgage foreclosure cases.  In the case of Bartram v. U.S. Bank, the now defunct law firm of David J. Stern filed a mortgage foreclosure lawsuit against Lewis Bartram of Ponte Vedra Beach back in 2006.  Years later, after the law firm shut down, with tens of thousands of foreclosure cases in limbo, U.S. Bank missed a case management conference and its foreclosure case was dismissed.

Thanks to the five-year statute of limitations on mortgage foreclosures, the case was revived and Bartram received another favorable judgment. But U.S. Bank appealed that ruling, and in 2014 Florida’s Fifth District Court ruled in favor of the bank, disregarding Florida’s five-year statute of limitations on mortgage foreclosures.

This was a sad day for struggling homeowners and a victory for the banks in Florida who continue to foreclose on loans that defaulted years ago. Many of those loans are referred to as “zombie mortgages,” or a foreclosure that has been started but not completed.

The issue in this case comes  down to mortgage acceleration. Most mortgage contracts carry an acceleration clause, which allows the lender to sue for the entire loan amount immediately, starting a five-year clock on the foreclosure process. But the Fifth District ruled that the court’s dismissal of U.S. Bank’s lawsuit in 2011 negated the loan’s original acceleration date that had been set in 2006, effectively resetting the acceleration date to 2011.

Two other Florida courts have issued similar rulings that uphold the Fifth District decision, but a court in Miami recently ruled against it, leaving it up to Florida’s Supreme Court to decide.   We will keep you posted – A ruling on this case is expected in the next couple of months.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Big Time Florida Foreclosure Lawyer Accepts Disbarment

November 20, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Florida lawyer, David J. Stern, whose law firm handled tens of thousands of foreclosure cases during the height of the financial crisis is ending his fight to hold on to his law license. The disbarment will mark the most significant punishment for the attorney’s role in falsifying documents through fake signatures and backdating records and not giving homeowners proper notice that they faced foreclosure.

In late January, the Florida Bar found probable cause for 17 counts against Stern. The alleged violations included misconduct and failure to supervise non-lawyers properly. Stern’s attorney initially said that his client had done nothing unethical and questioned if the Bar could prove his client did anything to merit punishment.

But recently, Stern’s lawyer, Jeffrey Tew, filed a one page document with the Florida Supreme Court stating that his client has decided to end his fight against recommendations that he be disbarred. A referee has also recommended that Stern pay nearly $50,000 in costs to the Florida Bar, claiming that Stern’s actions had “created chaos” in the courts.

The October report included testimony from six judges complaining about Stern and his firm’s lawyers. Judge Nancy Perez contended that Stern’s failure to exercise care was not “isolated, but rather a representation of the culture of the firm, as to the low level of competence and ethics.”


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