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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Highlights of the Tenth Edition of Florida Practitioner's Guide: Mortgage Foreclosure and Alternatives:

  • Recent case law addressing:
    • Standing and proper parties
    • Demand letters and notice provisions
    • Certification possession of note and admission of business records
    • Effect of of dismissal and the statute of limitations
    • Pursuit of deficiency judgments
    • Bankruptcy issues and the automatic stay
  • Over 50 updated forms

  • Discussion of compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act

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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A.  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.  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.  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

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.  Compelling Surrender Of "Surrendered" Property


§ 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 Unknown)
L.  Certification Of Possession
M.  Complaint (When Location Of Original Note Is Unknown)
N.  Affidavit Of Compliance (Lost Note Affidavit)
O.  Count To Re-Establish Lost Note
P.  Count For Receiver For Inclusion In Foreclosure Complaint
Q.  Order Appointing Receiver
R.  Notice Of Lis Pendens
S.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Compliance With 28 U.S.C. § 2410
T.  Affidavit For Constructive Service
U.  Notice Of Action
V.  Motion For Default
W.  Plaintiff's Motion For Appointment Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
X.  Order Appointing Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
Y.  Oath Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
Z.  Answer Of Attorney Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Or Administrator Ad Litem
AA.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Defendant's Indebtedness
BB.  Plaintiff's Affidavit As To Costs
CC.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Attorneys' Time
DD.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Attorneys' Fees
EE.  Plaintiff's Affidavit Of Military Status
FF.  Motion For Summary Final Judgment
GG.  Final Judgment Of Foreclosure
HH.  Final Judgment Of Foreclosure For Re-Establishment Of Lost Note
II.  Notice Of Sale
JJ.  Motion To Cancel And Reschedule Foreclosure Sale
KK.  Certificate Of Sale
LL.  Certificate Of Title
MM.  Certificate Of Disbursements
NN.  Owner's Claim For Mortgage Foreclosure Surplus
OO.  Notice Of Appointment Of Surplus Trustee
PP.  Motion For Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment
QQ.  Order To Show Cause For Entry Of Final Judgment
RR.  Notice Of Termination Of Rental Agreement Upon Foreclosure
SS.  Order To Show Cause For Order To Make Payments During Pendency Of Foreclosure Action Or To Vacate Premises
TT.  Notice Of Appearance And Request To Be Placed On Mailing Matrix
UU.  Letter To Trustee Regarding Estate Property
VV.  Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay Or For Adequate Protection
WW.  Letter To Trustee Requesting Execution Of Consent
XX.  Trustee’s Consent To Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay
YY.  Letter To Trustee Requesting Abandonment
ZZ.  Report And Notice Of Trustee's Intention To Abandon Property Of Estate
AAA.  Affidavit Of Indebtedness
BBB.  Order Granting Motion For Relief From Automatic Stay
CCC.  Objection To Debtor's Chapter 13 Plan