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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028
cmorganti@nmbar.org

Free Legal Help for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Homeowners will have an opportunity to attend a seminar with a foreclosure defense attorney at 8 a.m., Aug. 17, 1 Civic Plaza (5th and Marquette NW) basement level of the Vincent Griego City Council Chambers. During the workshop, homeowners will be provided with legal forms and informational brochures as well as information about resources available to help them. Homeowners will learn how to prepare and file an answer with the court as well as what alternatives are available, such as loan modifications.

Homeowners in New Mexico are being foreclosed in increasing numbers—as many as 1,000 each month throughout the state, with most concentrated in urban areas. A foreclosure is a lawsuit filed in a county district court, usually when a homeowner has fallen behind on his/her monthly mortgage payment. Because so many homeowners are unrepresented in their court cases, United South Broadway Corporation http://www.unitedsouthbroadway.org/ has started an educational program that provides homeowners with the basic information needed for participating in the lawsuit.

United South Broadway Corporation’s Fair Lending Center is a non-profit law office that provides counsel to homeowners qualifying for free legal services. The Fair Lending Center recently received a grant from the New Mexico State Bar Foundation Pro Hac Vice Fund http://www.nmbar.org/Attorneys/PHV/prohacvice.html to present a series of informational seminars throughout the state on the foreclosure process. The goal of these workshops is to provide defendant homeowners with enough information to respond to complaints for foreclosure, and to make them aware of possible alternatives to foreclosure.

This event is free and open to the public. Participation is limited as space allows. Translation services may be provided by calling (505) 764-8867 x 231 at least three days in advance.