Florida Practitioners Guide: Mortgage Foreclosure and Alternatives

This guide for handling mortgage defaults helps you to decide the best action to take against the debtor and sets out all steps for a foreclosure action.

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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.

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The 10th Edition ISBN is 9781522155638.

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Table of Contents

 § 1.1.  A NOTE ABOUT MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE 

§ 1.2.  BEFORE FILING: INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS
A.  Obtain And Acknowledge Receipt Of Letter Of Instruction
B.  Learn Facts Of Case
C.  Consider Alternatives To Foreclosure

§ 1.3.  PROCEED TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE
A.  Determine Need For Demand Letter
B.  Draft Complaint
C.  File Complaint
D.  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.  Review Possible Defenses
J.  Attorneys' Fees And Sanctions
K.  Defenses Not Raised
L.  Preparation For Final Hearing
M.  Obtain Final Judgment
N.  Proceed To Judicial Sale
O.  Obtain Certificates
P.  Obtain Writ Of Possession (If Necessary)
Q.  Guard Against Typical Procedural Errors
R.  Obtain Judgment For Deficiency
S.  Disburse Proceeds Of Sale
T.  Obtain Expedited Foreclosure (If Appropriate)
U.  Set Sale Aside (If Warranted)

§ 1.4.  PROCEDURE WHEN MORTGAGOR HAS FILED BANKRUPTCY
A.  Introduction To Bankruptcy
B.  Bankruptcy Law And Procedure And The Courts
C.  Initial Appearance And CM/ECF
D.  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.  "Surrendered"

§ 1.5.  RELATED READINGS

§ 1.6.  FORMS
A.  Instruction Letter
B.  Sample Engagement Letter
C.  Mortgage Foreclosure Worksheet
D.  Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure
E.  Grantor's Estoppel/Solvency Affidavit
F.  Sample Forbearance Agreement
G.  Sample Demand Letter
H.  Sample Alternate Demand Letter
I.  Exhibit “ ” (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
J.  Letter To Title Company Requesting Partial Abstract
K.  Complaint (When Location Of Original Note Is Known)
L.  Certification Of Possession
M.  Complaint (When Location Of Original Note Is Unknown)
N.  Affidavit Of Compliance (Lost Note Affidavit)
O.  Count For Receiver For Inclusion In Foreclosure Complaint
P.  Order Appointing Receiver
Q.  Notice Of Lis Pendens
R.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Compliance With 28 U.S.C. § 2410
S.  Affidavit For Constructive Service
T.  Notice Of Action
U.  Motion For Default
V.  Plaintiff's Motion For Appointment Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or
 Administrator Ad Litem
W.  Order Appointing Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
X.  Oath Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
Y.  Answer Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
Z.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Defendant's Indebtedness
AA.  Plaintiff's Affidavit As To Costs
BB.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Attorney's Time
CC.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Attorneys' Fees
DD.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Military Status
EE.  Motion For Summary Final Judgment
FF.  Final Judgment Of Foreclosure
GG.  Final Judgment Of Foreclosure For Re-Establishment Of Lost Note
HH.  Notice Of Sale
II.  Motion To Cancel And Reschedule Foreclosure Sale
JJ.  Certificate Of Sale
KK.  Certificate Of Title
LL.  Certificate Of Disbursements
MM.  Owner's Claim For Mortgage Foreclosure Surplus
NN.  Motion For Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment
OO.  Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment
PP.  Notice To All Occupants Pursuant To The Protecting Tenants At Foreclosure Act
 And F.S. 83.561
QQ.  Order To Show Cause For Order To Make Payments During Pendency Of
 Foreclosure Action Or To Vacate Premises
RR.  Notice Of Appearance And Request To Be Placed On Mailing Matrix
SS.  Letter To Trustee Regarding Estate Property
TT.  Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay Or For Adequate Protection
UU.  Letter To Trustee Requesting Execution Of Consent
VV.  Trustee’s Consent To Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay
WW.  Letter To Trustee Requesting Abandonment
XX.  Report And Notice Of Trustee's Intention To Abandon Property Of Estate
YY.  Affidavit Of Indebtedness
ZZ.  Order Granting Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay
AAA.  Objection To Debtor’s Chapter 13 Plan