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Marshall Watson to surrender law license and close law firm

January 8, 2013

Marshall C. Watson, the lawyer at the head of one of Florida’s most notorious foreclosure mills, will soon surrender his law license and shut down his infamous law firm, reports the Palm Beach Post’s Kim Miller. According to the Post: The owner of the Fort Lauderdale-based Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson has agreed to […]

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One little letter to save your home: Florida appellate court rejects “substantial compliance” in Judy

December 1, 2012
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One little letter stands between you and the bank that wants to take your home, if you’re in foreclosure. Those of you following recent developments in foreclosure law know that a defense, first developed by the foreclosure lawyers at Ricardo & Wasylik, has been taking the state by storm: the defective notice letters sent by […]

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Florida Default Law Group, Under Investigation Again, Changes Name to Ronald R. Wolfe & Assoc.

May 28, 2012

Notorious foreclosure mill Florida Default Law Group has changed its name to Ronald R. Wolfe & Associates—possibly after a sale of the troubled firm—is under investigation again, this time for offering fake cash-for-keys deals to homeowner facing foreclosure: Christian Flint jumped at a chance to make $2,000 by leaving his rented home in Winter Springs […]

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The Law Office of David J. Stern Still Operating in 2012

May 27, 2012

Despite earlier reports that The Law Offices of David J. Stern has shut its doors forever, the firm still appears to be functioning. According to documents filed with Florida’s Secretary of State in early 2012, the law firm is still operating at a Brickell Avenue address with Stern’s long-time partner-in-foreclosure Forrest McSurdy taking the helm.

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Mysterious New Signals from Bank of Amercia: Is it About to Bust?

May 17, 2012

I’ve gotten confirmation now from multiple sources that Bank of Amercia is acting strangely in several of its foreclosure cases. Apparently officials at the highest levels of the bank have thrown the brakes on most or all pending foreclosure matters—even to the point of droping the cases rather than proceed—due to an unspecified “Depertment of […]

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A New Surge in Foreclosure Filings, says Rep. Passidomo

April 5, 2012
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I’ve been saying for months now that foreclosure filings here in Florida are experiencing just a temporary lull, and that the dam was going to break sooner or later. Now, it the wake of recent high-profile settlements between regulators and banks, anecdotal evidence suggests that’s true. Even state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, who has inside information […]

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Get Florida Foreclosure Fraud Updates by Email

December 22, 2011

Did you know you can get updates from this Blog by email? The form is always the sidebar next to main articles, or you can put your email in the form I’ve reproduced below. Get FFF by Email! If you want to get notified by email every time news breaks here on FFF, just enter […]

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David J. Stern Deposition Released

December 21, 2011

The deposition of David J. Stern has been released. As of this posting, I haven’t even read it yet—I just wanted to get it out there.

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Urgent Client Update–Independent Foreclosure Review–Fact or Fiction (updated 12/21/11)

December 20, 2011

Much has been made in recent months and years of the bad behavior on the part of the banks (and loan servicers– the companies that send borrowers their mortgage statements and collect their payments) that have made the foreclosure crisis even worse than imaginable. Now the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal […]

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Florida’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program Killed by Courts

December 20, 2011

One of the biggest complaints we hear from Homeowners is that they can’t get an answer from their Bank about a Loan Modification. The paperwork is voluminous to complete and then gets lost or misplaced by the Bank. Phone calls are not helpful and the process is frustrating. In defending Foreclosure Cases, we’d often seek […]

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Foreclosure Delay vs. Foreclosure Defense

December 15, 2011

I read another Attorney Discipline Report today. The attorney’s name isn’t important (and while the Attorney Discipline Report is a matter of public record, telling you his name wouldn’t do anything except further embarrass and humiliate him), but his story is. This particular lawyer was first disciplined in 2010, and after the disciplinary order was […]

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Home for the Holidays: Do Foreclosure Miracles Exist?

December 6, 2011

The law firm of Ricardo, Wasylik & Kaniuk, PL is proud to announce a new initiative called the Hundred Homes Project in an effort to help 100 families recover or keep homes that have wrongly entered foreclosure proceedings. According to attorney Michael Alex Wasylik, thousands of homes across the state of Florida have been wrongfully […]

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Foreclosure Fraud Witness Found Dead

November 30, 2011
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The woman who blew the whistle to spark the first major robo-signing fraud indictments is dead. Yves at Naked Capitalism tells the story: Nevada notary Tracy Lawrence, who was due to be sentenced today to up to a year in jail for a single count of misdemeanor fraud, went missing from her sentencing hearing today […]

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Finally, Some Robo-Signing Indictments

November 18, 2011

Housingwire reports that finally, criminal charges are coming to robosigners (allegedly) responsible for forging loan documents as evidence in foreclosures. Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard, both California residents described as title officers, were indicted on a total of 606 counts by a Clark County grand jury. The indictments did not say where Trafford and Sheppard […]

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The Loan Mods Are a Lie: Michael Olenick Crunches the Numbers to Expose the Banks

November 17, 2011

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) claims that its members have modified five million loans in America to help stanch the bleeding on our foreclosure crisis. But Michael Olenick, who has amassed a gigantic database of Florida foreclosure public records, says that nothing could be further from the truth. Remember, the reason for advocating mods is […]

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Cheryl Samons depo: “David Stern lied to me.”

September 28, 2011
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Former employees of the Law Offices of David J. Stern have filed a class-action against Stern and his firm, claiming they were laid off in violation of federal law when Stern’s firm collapsed in November 2010. Lawyers in that suit have taken the deposition of Cheryl Samons, and her testimony is fascinating for anyone who […]

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“Oh, no, we have to actually prove our cases!” Bank lawyers respond to the Glarum case

September 16, 2011
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Glarum has the banks running scared. The biggest challenge banks face in today’s foreclosure crisis is that they still haven’t come to grips with the need to tell the truth when they testify. The recent case of Glarum v. LaSalle [PDF] has put even more pressure on the banks to tell the truth in foreclosure […]

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Banks may have to set aside foreclosures based on robo-signed affidavits, says the Florida Bar

July 21, 2011
Robo-signers still running rampant

Foreclosure lawyers may have a duty to set aside foreclosures that were based on robo-signed affidavits, under an ethics opinion recently approved by the Florida Bar. The opinion (below), produced by bar staff in January of this year, responds to a hypothetical question from an unknown lawyer. The Surrogate Signer Hypothetical Under the hypothetical fact-pattern […]

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Judge Monaco and the Fantastic Floating Allonges

June 20, 2011
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Some foreclosure plaintiffs are trying to cash someone else’s checks. Some foreclosure plaintiffs are trying to cash checks that don’t belong to them, and forging evidence along the way to help them do it. And here’s the sneaky trick they use to get it done. Without it, the banking industry couldn’t exist: the Uniform Commercial […]

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