Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Yesterday, I was a Volunteer Lawyer for the Nassau County Bar Association at a foreclosure clinic at Nassau County Supreme Court. This "clinic" was designed to prepare homeowners for upcoming mandatory settlement conferences. I want to start a discussion again regarding foreclosure in the hopes it may assist homeowners. I have also made several posts on my Facebook page. First, when you are served the foreclosure papers, viz., the summons and complaint, file and serve an answer within the proper time frame even if you do not have an attorney. This will at least put you in a position of not being in default, can slow down the process and give you time to think. If you want or can get an attorney later, a motion can always be made to amend your answer but again: Lesson No. 1 - WHEN SERVED WITH PAPERS, FILE AND SERVE YOUR ANSWER, EVEN IF YOU DO IT ON YOUR OWN. You can easily search on the Internet on how to do it or ask the court clerk for a form.