Miami company among those being investigated for questionable service of foreclosure paperwork

The Florida Attorney General’s Office is investigating two companies that deliver foreclosure notices for shoddy business practices, the Miami Herald reported.

In recent months, the legal position of homeowners dealing with foreclosure in South Florida has been bolstered by the seemingly endless allegations of unethical or illegal behavior on the part of banks and their attorneys. Consulting an experienced foreclosure defense lawyer in Miami could help you stop foreclosure, negotiate away any deficiency judgments or negative credit reports, or even push for a monetary settlement or the return of your property.
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Banks and law firms under fire include the Law Offices of David J. Stern, Law Office of Marshall Watson, Shapiro & Fishman, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and GMAC.

The most recent allegations are against Gissen & Zawyer Process Service in Miami and ProVest of Tampa. Gissen & Zawyer has been the subject of numerous complaints, including questionable statements with the court, questionable billing, and back-dating documents.

Process servers personally deliver court summonses to defendants, notifying them of legal action against them. In the case of foreclosures, the paperwork notifies a defendant of a 20-day window to respond. Without response, the action will proceed.

The investigation stem from the ongoing investigations into four large “foreclosure mills,” including the Law Offices of David J. Stern, which used both Gissen & Zawyer and ProVest.

In one case, a Plantation defense lawyer claims ProVest reported serving a couple even though they were in Colorado at the time.

If you need help with foreclosure issues in Miami or the surrounding areas, including short sales, deficiency judgments, strategic defaults or other help for Miami homeowners, contact Jacobs Keeley for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (305) 358-7991.

Florida AG investigates two companies delivering foreclosure court papers – 12-15-2010 MiamiHerald.com.pdf