Wells Fargo Internal Procedures Unfair To Debtor?
- May 29, 2013
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A bank, in following its own foreclosure procedures, does not necessarily rise to the level of good faith in the eyes of the court. Bergen Assignment Judge Peter Doyne has been drafting opinions with an eye in favor of the consumer. In Wells Fargo Bank v. Schultz, the judge decided that homeowners are entitled to appropriate treatment, whether qualifying for foreclosure or not. A debtor spent the better part of a year diligently working to submit documents to avail herself of Wachovia Bank’s “Unemployment Program” following the loss of employment by both the debtor and her husband. She was repeatedly advised documents she submitted were not submitted and sent multiple copies thereof. The bank further suggested the debtor apply for the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), when she also did. When Wells Fargo sent a determination letter to the debtor indicating she had submitted all required documents she was also notified that the loan modification program for which she applied was no longer available. Although the homeowner was precluded from raising certain defenses, Judge Doyne ruled that a debtor is permitted to raise a claim of bad faith against the lender where a valid basis for such a claim exists. If you are seeking loan modification in an effort to fend off foreclosure, you should consult with an experienced consumer debt attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information regarding your decision to defend against a foreclosure action, file for bankruptcy or other consumer debt matters in New Jersey visit TheNJBankruptcyAttorney.com. This blog is for information purposes only and in no way is 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.