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Free legal advice for those facing foreclosure

Free legal advice for those facing foreclosure

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Homeowners facing foreclosure can receive free legal help thanks to a new program launched by the Washington State Bar Association. The Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project is a statewide service effort to provie legal advice and representation to low- and moderate-income Washingtonians struggling with the possibility of losing their homes. By partnering with the not-for-profit organization Northwest Justice Project, the bar association will recruit and train lawyers across the state in pro bono service delivery.

Homeowners in need of help who are unable to afford a lawyer can sign up by calling 1-877-894-HOME (4663). In addition to self-referrals, counselors at the statewide network of housing counseling agencies will also direct clients to the project.

"The threat of losing one's home is one of the most frightening crises a family can face," said Attorney General McKenna. "While state attorneys general have come together to negotiate settlements with major lenders requiring loan modification programs and other remedies, many homeowners still find themselves in need of legal assistance when it comes to saving their homes. That's why the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project is so important — and that's why I'm proud to encourage the attorneys in my office to serve their communities through this project."

The project also has the support of Governor Chris Gregoire and Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, who spoke at a press conference Wednesday. For additional resources to help those facing foreclosure, see our Web site at www.atg.wa.gov/foreclosure.aspx.


 

Posted by AGO Blog Moderator at 06/18/2009 03:32:37 PM | 


I was reading an article the other day how foreclosures are going to continue to happen because of all the Option Arms that are about to reset.

Something like 80% of the Options arms are upside down.

I am glad to see programs available as most people don't even know their options - some people could save their house if they tried different options.
Posted by: Jim ( Email ) at 11/30/2009 11:00 AM


IF THIS IS THE CASE AND YOU REALLLY REALLLLY WANT TO HELP WASHINGTON HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE WHY DONT YOU CHANGE THE BILL 5275 WHICH ALLOWS THE BANKS TO FORECLOSURE WITHOUT THE PROPER CHAIN OF TITLE I CANNOT BELEIVE WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON DO YOU ALL READ THE PAPERS THE BANKS ARE HIDING THE CHAINS OF TITLE AND YOU ARE GIVING THEM A FREE PASS FOR 250.00 I WILL PAY 250.00 FOR THE REAL CHAIN OF TITLE NOT THE FAKE ASSIGMENTS AND THE FRAUD COMMITTED BY ROBO SIGNERS AND BACK DATED ASSIGNMENTS HELP US [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: Sheryl, please see www.atg.wa.gov/foreclosure.aspx for information about the 2011 mortgage investigation.]
Posted by: SHERYL ( Email ) at 3/18/2011 1:56 PM


There is not anyone in spokane that will take a foreclosure litigation pro bono and the northwest justice project does not know the ends and outs of these kinds of defenses. we need attorney pro bono that know how to litigate these cases if you know of one in spokane let me know
Posted by: sheryl ( Email ) at 8/9/2011 10:05 PM


My house went on foreclouser last day of august and I really don't know what it will be my next step, I am so worried about it!!
Please let me know what is next.
Thank You!!! [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: Nansy, you should call the Washington State Homeownership Information Hotline at 1-877-894-HOME (1-877-894-4663)]
Posted by: Nansy Bryan ( Email ) at 9/7/2011 2:39 PM


Am I better off short sale with consent judgement than foreclosure? Can they still come after me with a consent judgement or is it better to foreclosure? [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: You should call a certified housing counselor at 1.877.894.HOME (4663). Their services are free.]
Posted by: j. foley ( Email ) at 6/12/2012 1:01 PM


I want to sue bank of america for breaking a contract and trying to foreclose, i want the house and money my phone # 404-643-8735 [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: You will be contacted by a CRC person.]
Posted by: joseph farmer ( Email ) at 5/30/2013 12:07 PM


My home is going in foreclosure in Cleveland Ohio don't have a job and on disability.what is my next step?
[Blog Post Manager Comment (lw)] You should call a certified housing counselor at 1.877.894.HOME (4663)
Posted by: Virgil Tuggle ( Email ) at 10/8/2013 4:44 PM


I sorely need free legal representation to fight Foreclosure against Greentree. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Blog Post Manager Comment (KD): I would direct you to the Washington State Homeownership Information Hotline at 1-877-894-HOME (4663) immediately for help regarding your possible foreclosure. They have trained counselors that can help you work with your loan servicer, and their services are free.
Posted by: Don Courtney ( Email ) at 12/8/2013 7:29 PM


I have gone through most if not all of the steps to save my house. I do not qualify for any. I've tried to sell it for months. I tried a short sale. Finally tried a Deed in Lieu, I missed the deadline due to not receiving the letter on time. I was told I only had one chance, and did not qualify. I decided to not try any more and let the house go. I was in contact with an agent throughout this entire process. From start to finish. I lost my business and my only income is my social security and a small portion of my husbands pension. The total is far less then the monthly payment. I have stressed over this situation, for months. I can't do it any more. I'm 70 years old and don't see much in the way of a decent paying job. My question is, can the bank take or freeze any moneys? I bank with them, and have direct deposit with them. Should I change to another bank or would that do any good? I recently, won a settlement from an accident. There's enough to pay or almost only the past due amount, but not enough to keep the house after that. What or where do I go from here. I am I in danger of losing or having that money frozen or taken? I'm at a loss. What Should I do Now?

Blog Post Manager Comment (KD): It isn’t clear to me whether your house was sold at auction as a result of foreclosure or not. In the event it has, I would suggest contacting the Northwest Justice Project. This office contributes to the Northwest Justice Project’s Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project. This program should be able to assist you free of charge. They can be reached at 1-877-894-HOME (4663).

If your house has not been foreclosed on I would strongly recommend you contact the Washington State Homeownership Information Hotline at 1-877-894-HOME (4663) immediately for help regarding your foreclosure. They have trained counselors that can help you work with your loan servicer, and their services are free.
Posted by: Ms D S ( Email ) at 12/9/2013 8:36 AM


My name is on the deed of my parents condominium, my fathers passed away and my mother was moved to a nursing home with Alzheimer's, in the 2 years since its been vacant I've tried to selling it without any luck, i recently applied for a deed in lieu but was denied due to a lien on the condo from the properties Management company for home owner fees owed. I'm not sure what other options i have, Im not looking for any financial gain just to get rid of the property while protecting my family.
AGO Blog Manager Comment (lw): Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 between 10 am and 3 pm for information on housing counselors
Posted by: David Levy ( Email ) at 2/24/2014 5:30 PM


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