Florida Bankruptcy Attorney

The current economic crisis has hit Florida as hard as any state in the country. The bankruptcy filings in Florida have reached staggering numbers. If you are considering bankruptcy you are not alone and you should not participate in the process alone.  Bankruptcy laws and procedures are quite complicated. If you place the wrong or incorrect information on your bankruptcy petitions it could have serious consequences. Experienced bankruptcy ...
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Bank of America’s Earned Principal Forgiveness Program

         This month Bank of America unveiled a new approach to the HAMP modification program. The new "Earned Principal Forgiveness" Program will forgive up to 30 percent of some customers' total mortgage balances. The homeowners must have missed at least two months of mortgage payments and owe at least 20 percent more than their home is currently worth, with a current loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 120 percent or higher.  Bank of America will ...
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MEDIATION MANDATED IN MIAMI DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA

If you are falling behind on your mortgage payments and foreclosure of your Miami-Dade County, Florida homestead property is imminent; or if your homestead property is already in foreclosure, your lender may be required to participate in a mediation  before proceeding in Miami Dade County courts.              In May of 2009, the 11th Judicial Circuit enacted the Circuit Homestead Access to Mediation Program ("CHAMP"). The CHAMP program mandates ...
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HAFA Program

Foreclosures have taken this country by storm and unfortunately, one of the states most affected is Florida. While the majority of homeowners prefer to attempt to qualify for the Homeowner Affordability Modification Program, (HAMP) which is a government program intended to help homeowners keep their homestead by modifying the monthly mortgage payment, not every homeowner qualifies for (HAMP). Therefore, to avoid foreclosure and all the ...
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Foreclosure Defense Attorney Florida

South Florida Mortgage foreclosures have reached unrealized levels. In fact, Florida is one of the top five states in number of foreclosure filings. If you are facing a mortgage foreclosure you are not alone and you should not participate in the process alone. Most banks in Florida are represented by a handful of foreclosure law firms who specialize in this area of the law. Even though, Florida has a judicial foreclosure process, these law ...
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Unable to Pay For Your Home, Well in Florida You Have Rights

Just because you are not able to pay your mortgage it does not mean that you do not have a right to defend a foreclosure in Florida. Since Florida has had a large number of fraudulent loans originated, when defending a foreclosure, it is imperative to review all of the documents that you have in your possession from your closing. There are various federal laws and state laws that require lenders to comply with in closing a home purchase, such as ...
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Miami Foreclosure Attorney

What do you look for in a foreclosure attorney in Miami? Many law firms in Miami have decided to become alleged specialists in Foreclosure Defense, when they have had no experience in Foreclosure law. Many of these attorneys are simply personal injury lawyers or bankruptcy attorneys who either have deep pockets to invest in massive advertisement or have an existing client base that needs foreclosure defense and they rather keep the business in ...
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Florida Foreclosure Defense

The bank's lawyer has a lawyer and you should to. There many different ways to defend a foreclosure in Florida. Quality Foreclosure Defense involves the use of the appropriate defenses. At the Law Office of Ray Garcia, P.A. we try to avail ourselves of all possible defenses. In order to defend your foreclosure, we analyze your complete closing package from the origination of your mortgage, which includes a review of your TILA disclosure, Uniform ...
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Property Tax Appeals

In Florida, property tax assessments are adjusted once a year. On January 1, the property value and the total tax owed are set for that year. However, there is a method by which to reduce your total tax assessments. To obtain a tax reduction during the year, you must show that the property was overvalued at the time that the value was set which is January 1. Sometime in August of this year you will receive what is called a TRIM notice (truth in ...
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Florida Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

When negotiating a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure in Florida be sure to  have the lender agree to waive or release you from  any deficiency in the difference between the mortgage amount owed and the ultimate market value of the property. This will prevent the lender from suing you in the future for that deficiency. A Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure will provide you no benefit unless you receive a waiver or relase of the deficency. ...
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