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Mortgages in Foreclosure: Strategies Can Get Complicated, Particularly When Bankruptcy Is on the Horizon

In re Battershell, 603 B.R. 86 (Bankr. D. N.M. 2019) – A chapter 13 debtor objected to a proof of claim filed by a junior mortgagee. The claim included an advance used to pay off a senior mortgage that was in … Continue reading

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Mortgage Defaults: What Is the Most Effective Path for Resolving Troubled Properties?

In re Big Dog II, LLC, 602 B.R. 64 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2019) – A mortgagee sought relief from the automatic stay for cause on the grounds that (1) it was not adequately protected, and (2) the debtor did not have … Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Fees: Surprise, a Commission May Be Due for a Foreclosure Sale That Did Not Take Place

Dobin v. Golden (In re Smith), 599 B.R. 266 (Bankr. D. N.J.) – A chapter 7 trustee brought an adversary proceeding objecting to (1) a claim filed by a sheriff for a commission based on a prebankruptcy foreclosure sale that does … Continue reading

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Mortgagee Stay Relief: Make Sure You Know the Scope of the Relief or Else

BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Anderson (In re Anderson), 917 F.3d 566 (7th Cir. 2019) – After a mortgagee obtained relief from the automatic stay so that it could foreclose its mortgage in state court, it returned to the bankruptcy court … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Sales: When Does a Debtor Lose the Ability to Interfere with the Sale?

In re Vertullo, 593 B.R. 92 (Bankr. D. N.H. 2018) – A mortgagee that sold a chapter 13 debtor’s home in a prepetition foreclosure auction but had not yet recorded a foreclosure deed sought relief from the automatic stay in order … Continue reading

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Foreclosure: Debtor Who Fails to Pay Has an Uphill Battle Finding a Remedy Based on Procedural Defects

Turner v. Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (In re Turner), 859 F.3d 1145 (9th Cir. 2017) – The debtors brought multiple claims following foreclosure of their residence. After the bankruptcy court dismissed the claims in a decision that was affirmed by the … Continue reading

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Foreclosure Sales: Strong Arm Powers and the Subtleties of State Law

Weiss v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Mularski), 565 B.R. 203 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2017) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a prepetition transfer of property resulting from a mortgage foreclosure sale. The mortgagee argued that the completed … Continue reading

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