Are You Contemplating Bankruptcy Due To Foreclosure?
- May 26, 2013
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During this troubled financial time many New Jersey homeowners find themselves facing foreclosure. Mortgage companies, in spite of the massive number of foreclosures pending, tend to remain unwilling to discuss the issues or consider modification, partial payments or other means of resolving the matter. Often the homeowners will not speak to anyone and simply try to straighten out their finances by seeking additional employment or borrowing from others. Months go by and they receive a Complaint for Foreclosure which is ignored simply because they are frozen with fear by the prospect of losing their home. Eventually, if the homeowner does not respond to the complaint, even if they do try to negotiate directly with the mortgage company, they will receive Notices regarding Default as a result of not filing an Answer to the Foreclosure Complaint. Finally, the homeowner will find themselves facing an actual Judgment of Foreclosure. In a recent case, the Court denied a litigant’s request to vacate a default judgment of foreclosure against his investment property. The debtor’s claim was that under New Jersey Court Rule 4:50-1 (d) the Assignee Mortgagee did not have the original Promissory Note or Mortgage so that the Judgment was invalid and that the judgment should be set aside under Rule 4:50-1(f) due to exceptional situations to prevent a grave injustice. There was no denial that the mortgage was not paid or that there was a justification for failing to make the mortgage payments or any other justification for relief from the judgment under Rule 4:50-1 such as mistake, newly discovered evidence, fraud, misrepresentation, misconduct by the Assignee Mortgagee, that the judgment was satisfied, or released. The Court found there was no demonstration of prejudice which would warrant the litigant’s last ditch effort at a reprieve from the judgment of foreclosure and the decision was upheld by Appellate Division. In another matter, the Appellate Court dismissed a complaint for foreclosure because the bank failed to provide proof of its status as the lender pursuant to the requirements of New Jersey Statute 12A:3-301 or the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and filed to comply with the notice requirement of the Fair Foreclosure Act (FFA) and N.J.S.A. 2A:50-56. In this matter, the debtor filed an objection with the court to the Bank’s Complaint for Foreclosure prior to a Judgment being granted. There are no guarantees that if a homeowner attempts to address the issue of foreclosure prior to a Judgment that a foreclosure will not result, however, there are standards that a Bank must meet including proof of service, appropriate notice and the fact that is in the actual holder of the mortgage and entitled to bring the foreclosure action. If you are facing foreclosure, you should consult with an experienced foreclosure attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information regarding foreclosure, bankruptcy or other consumer debt related matters in New Jersey visit TheNJBankruptcyAttorney.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and is in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter. Our law firm is a debt relief agency and helps people file for bankruptcy relief.