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Mortgage Foreclosure Attorneys

Foreclosure of residential and commercial real property varies by state because each one has its own laws governing the process and addressing such issues as the property owner’s options for bringing the loan current and the process for selling the property. Generally, foreclosures fall into two categories: (i) by judicial process or (ii) by statutory power of sale contained in the mortgage. Thomas H. Curran Associates mortgage foreclosure lawyers have conducted foreclosures under both methods in various states. The Firm has also served as foreclosure defense attorneys in certain cases. In many cases, Thomas H. Curran Associates’s lawyers also represent lenders and servicers in bankruptcy courts in cases that arise in connection with foreclosure proceedings.

In states that require judicial foreclosure, mortgagees must commence a lawsuit asking the court for the right to sell the property in satisfaction of the underlying debt. Judicial foreclosure is the primary method of foreclosure used in 22 states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. When the state allows for it, the lender’s attorneys may ask the court to grant it a deficiency judgment if selling the property is not expected to fully pay off the borrower’s debt. If granted, the borrower will remain responsible for any unpaid debt following the foreclosure sale. Alternatively, there are 28 states that allow for non-judicial foreclosures, including Massachusetts, California, Texas, and Georgia. In those states, the mortgage foreclosure process is typically faster because it does not originate through the courts unless the borrower chooses to sue the lender.

The last significant U.S. economic downtown that began in or around 2008 stemmed in large part from the excesses of the home mortgage sector of our economy and related substandard lending practices. The resulting nationwide wave of foreclosures spawned years of litigation challenging mortgagees and lenders and servicers’ right to foreclose mortgages. This foreclosure litigation resulted in many novel legal theories to prevent foreclosure. Thomas H. Curran Associates’s lawyers have years of experience successfully litigating an array of mortgage foreclosure cases that raised numerous complex and novel defenses across multiple jurisdictions in both state courts and bankruptcy courts, with some cases resulting in complex appellate proceedings. The Firm also has deep expertise in ancillary relief such as receiverships and injunction proceedings that are sometimes required to secure the property during the foreclosure process.

By virtue of their broad and deep foreclosure and bankruptcy expertise, the attorneys at Thomas H. Curran Associates are uniquely positioned to advise and represent mortgage lenders and servicers, as well as borrowers in some cases, with their foreclosure proceedings. Our lawyers seek to utilize their experience advocating on behalf of clients to provide them with quality representation while assisting them in prosecuting or defending their foreclosure proceedings in the fastest, most efficient manner.

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