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Florida Practitioners Guide: Mortgage Foreclosure and Alternatives, 9th Edition

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Florida Practitioner's Guide: Mortgage Foreclosure and Alternatives contains case law addressing the following issues:

•  documentation required to establish the right/standing to foreclose
•  foreclosure by mortgage servicing companies and assignees (and the use of robosigners)
•  status of MERS as foreclosing party
•  conditions precedent to filing foreclosure including diligent search and inquiry
•  treatment of homeowner and condominium association assessments
•  appointment of a receiver
•  timeshare foreclosures
•  defenses to foreclosure
•  cancelling or rescheduling sales, and grounds for setting aside final judgments or sales
•  right of redemption
•  deficiency judgments
•  short sales
•  effect of bankruptcy stay on foreclosure proceedings and standing to pursue relief from stay
•  termination of stay for repeat filers, and stay relief for cause including lack of adequate protection
•  Revisions to Florida statutes and updated case law addressing foreclosure and alternative options to collect on secured debt
•  Udated discussion of pertinent case law and provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules that have an impact on foreclosure proceedings
•  Additional and revised forms for filing foreclosure actions and seeking relief in Bankruptcy Court

This manual includes a discussion of newly enacted and amended statutes and new case law addressing: foreclosure complaints, service of process, lien priority, conditions precedent, statute of limitations, adequate protection, show cause procedures for interim payments, summary judgment, deficiencies, and setting aside foreclosure judgments.

A comprehensive discussion of bankruptcy is included and addresses relief from stay procedures, cram down, trustee's deeds, and new Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1.

The manual contains over 40 forms.

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Table of Contents



A.   [§ 1.2] Obtain And Acknowledge Receipt Of Letter Of Instruction
B.   Learn Facts Of Case   

C.   Consider Alternatives To Foreclosure


A.   Determine Need For Demand Letter

B.   Draft Complaint
C.   File Complaint

D.   [§ 1.62] File And Record Notice Of Lis Pendens

E.   Obtain Service Of Process

F.   Obtain Defaults

G.   Obtain Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney Ad Litem, And Administrator Ad Litem If Necessary   

H.   File Motion For Final Judgment

I.   [§ 1.78]  Review Possible Defenses
J.   [§ 1.79]  Sanctions

K.   [§ 1.80] Defenses Not Raised

L.   Prepare For Final Hearing
M.   Obtain Final Judgment
N.   Proceed To Judicial Sale

O.   Obtain Certificates   

P.   [§ 1.101] Obtain Writ Of Possession If Necessary

Q.   Guard Against Typical Procedural Errors

R.   [§ 1.108] Obtain Judgment For Deficiency

S.   [§ 1.109] Disburse Proceeds Of Sale

T.   Obtain Expedited Foreclosure If Appropriate   

U.   Set Sale Aside If Warranted


A.   [§ 1.121] Introduction To Bankruptcy  

B.   [§ 1.122] Bankruptcy Law And Procedure And The Courts

C.   [§ 1.123] Initial Appearance And CM/ECF  

D.   [§ 1.124] Obtain Background Documents Or "Automatic Dismissal"

E.   File Proof Of Claim   

F.   Obtain Relief From Automatic Stay

G.   Review Plan Treatment Of Mortgagee (When Applicable)

H.   [§ 1.168] Compelling Surrender Of "Surrendered" Property  



A.   [§ 1.170] Instruction Letter

B.   [§ 1.171] Sample Engagement Letter

C.   [§ 1.172] Mortgage Foreclosure Worksheet

D.   [§ 1.173] Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure

E.   [§ 1.174] Grantor’s Estoppel/Solvency Affidavit

F.   [§ 1.175] Sample Forbearance Agreement

G.   [§ 1.176] Sample Demand Letter

H.   [§ 1.177] Sample Alternate Demand Letter

I.   [§ 1.178] Exhibit "....." (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)

J.   [§ 1.179] Letter To Title Company Requesting Partial Abstract

K.   [§ 1.180] Complaint (When Location Of Original Note Is Known)

L.   [§ 1.181] Certification Of Possession Of Original Note

M.   [§ 1.182] Complaint (When Location Of Original Note Is Unknown)

N.   [§ 1.183] Affidavit Of Compliance (Lost Note Affidavit)

O.   [§ 1.184] Count To Re-Establish Lost Note  

P.   [§ 1.185] Count For Receiver For Inclusion In Foreclosure Complaint

Q.   [§ 1.186] Order Appointing Receiver

R.   [§ 1.187] Notice Of Lis Pendens   

S.   [§ 1.188] Plaintiff’s Affidavit Of Compliance With 28 U.S.C. § 2410

T.   [§ 1.189] Affidavit For Constructive Service   

U.   [§ 1.190] Notice Of Action

V.   [§ 1.191] Motion For Default   

W.   [§ 1.192] Plaintiff’ s Motion For Appointment Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem

X.   [§ 1.193] Order Appointing Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem

Y.   [§ 1.194] Oath Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
Z.   [§ 1.195] Answer Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
AA.   [§ 1.196] Plaintiff’s Affidavit Of Defendant’s Indebtedness   

BB.   [§ 1.197] Plaintiff’s Affidavit As To Costs

CC.   [§ 1.198] Plaintiff’s Affidavit Of Attorneys’ Time

DD.   [§ 1.199] Plaintiff’s Affidavit Of Attorneys’ Fees

EE.   [§ 1.200] Plaintiff’s Affidavit As To Non-Military Service

FF.   [§ 1.201] Motion For Summary Final Judgment

GG.   [§ 1.202] Final Judgment Of Foreclosure

HH.   [§ 1.203]  Final Judgment Of Foreclosure For Re-establishment Of Lost Note

II.   [§ 1.204]  Notice Of Sale

JJ.   [§ 1.205]  Motion To Cancel And Reschedule Foreclosure Sale

KK.   [§ 1.206]  Certificate Of Sale

LL.   [§ 1.207]  Certificate Of Title   

MM.   [§ 1.208]  Certificate Of Disbursements

NN.   [§ 1.209]  Owner’s Claim For Mortgage Foreclosure Surplus

OO.   [§ 1.210]  Notice Of Appointment Of Surplus Trustee

PP.   [§ 1.211]  Motion For Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment

QQ.   [§ 1.212]  Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment

RR.   [§ 1.213]  Notice Of Termination Of Rental Agreement Upon Foreclosure

SS.   [§ 1.214]  Order To Show Cause For Order To Make Payments During Pendency Of Foreclosure Action Or To Vacate Premises

TT.   [§ 1.215]  Notice Of Appearance And Request To Be Placed On Mailing Matrix

UU.   [§ 1.216]  Letter To Trustee Regarding Estate Property   

VV.   [§ 1.217]  Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay Or For Adequate Protection

WW.   [§ 1.218]  Letter To Trustee Requesting Execution Of Consent
XX.   [§ 1.219]  Trustee’s Consent To Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay   

YY.   [§ 1.220]  Letter To Trustee Requesting Abandonment   

ZZ.   [§ 1.221]  Report And Notice Of Trustee’s Intention To Abandon Property Of Estate

AAA.   [§ 1.222]  Affidavit Of Indebtedness

BBB.   [§ 1.223]  Order Granting Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay

CCC.   [§ 1.224]  Objection To Debtor’s Chapter 13 Plan