At a workshop recently, dozens of foreclosure defense attorneys from throughout Florida listened as Miami Foreclosure Defense Attorney Bruce Jacobs led a discussion aimed at teaching lawyers how to defend foreclosures in Miami and throughout Florida.
LawReview CLE, a nationally recognized program that puts on seminars across the country, held a seminar July 28 at the Hyatt Hotel in Coral Gables. It was designed for lawyers and other law professionals, like law students, paralegals and others, and it focused on the foreclosure crisis, including the predicted second wave of foreclosure filings that experts believe will begin by the end of this year.
The program was a success, as Mr. Jacobs, a member of Max Gardner’s Army, a nationwide group of lawyers that shares tactics and information about foreclosures in real time, discussed foreclosure tactics as attorneys look to help their clients avoid foreclosure, defend foreclosure and seek alternatives to foreclosure. The class allowed lawyers to learn from and ask questions of Mr. Jacobs, who has extensive experience handling foreclosure defense in Miami.
Mr. Jacobs has been a practicing lawyer in Florida since 1997 and has been lead counsel in more than 50 trials throughout South Florida; he has handled many appeals. Starting his career as a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Jacobs has spent many years now dedicated to foreclosure defense, tax deed actions, landlord-tenant disputes and fraud cases. Before opening his own law firm, he headed up the foreclosure department of Camner, Lipsitz and Poller, P.A. in Coral Gables. He is an experienced foreclosure attorney who handles many Miami foreclosure cases.
Among the topics that were discussed by Mr. Jacobs:
•Latest statistics on the problems with foreclosure and the emerging profile of a foreclosure candidate.
•Why lenders are resistant to loan modifications and why lawmakers don’t understand.
•Mortgage Securitization issues that affect a lender’s standing to pursue foreclosure.
•Current developments on federal programs and agreements with lenders to assist homeowners.
•Cutting-edge litigation strategies to properly defend a foreclosure action from start to finish.
•Overview of Federal lending laws and emerging foreclosure case law.
•Alternatives to foreclosure.
•An overview of the relationship between bankruptcy and foreclosure.
•Ethical considerations and effective communication with the client.
Mr. Jacobs also discussed the present state of the foreclosure crisis, mortgage securitization issues, understanding basic substantive law, client relations, judicial foreclosures, loan modifications, bankruptcy issues and ethics.
CLE stands for continuing legal education and the Florida Bar requires attorneys to continually gain education in their specific area of practice to stay up on the latest trends, court case rulings and rules for handling cases. During the training session, lawyers also got first-hand knowledge from Mr. Jacobs about the latest trends for defending foreclosure cases in Miami.
With Mr. Jacobs’ experience fighting foreclosure cases in Miami and throughout South Florida, he was asked to lead the seminar to provide knowledge to other attorneys throughout Florida so they can continue the battle against banks that are continuously trying to take people’s homes.
If you’re battling foreclosure in Miami or the surrounding areas, contact Jacobs Keeley for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (305) 358-7991.
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