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TONIGHT! How to confront legal presumptions and get to the real facts.

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Foreclosure defense essentially boils down to three major categories. Procedural errors, lack of standing and absence of an actual creditor.
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Procedural errors involve improper notice, improper accounting, and inconsistent documents.
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As for no creditor and no party with standing, it all depends upon the burden of proof decided by the judge. If he/she says the forecloser must prove their case with facts and not presumptions, then you probably will win. If he/she says you must prove lack of standing and/or the absence of a creditor then you must file for discovery and hope that the judge won’t sustain objections.
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But there is a middle ground that I have been writing about. It’s all about legal presumptions regarding facially valid documents and self-authenticating signatures. The New York case I wrote about yesterday explains it better than I do.
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The bottom line is that in our system any party who makes an assertion must prove it and the party against whom such assertion is made must have an opportunity to challenge it. If it is not challenged by pleadings or objections then the “fact” is true for purposes of the case at hand.
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In certain circumstances certain facts are legally presumed to exist unless they are challenged with at least some credible evidence that shows the presumed facts may not be true.
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Tonight we talk about how to deal with those presumptions and how much proof you need to undermine the presumptions and thus force the foreclosing party (if it exists at all) to prove its case with real evidence, testimony and documents that are valid and authenticated.
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Based upon 12 years of experience with this issue I have concluded with complete certainty that the named foreclosers are pretenders and that they have no right, title or interest in the loans. More importantly I have concluded that the lawyers for the named foreclosers do not have witnesses nor documents that can be corroborated or authenticated.
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This leaves ownership of the debt in the winds. The fact that the court is not given the information necessary to conclude that the party who initiated foreclosure is not the creditor and that as far as the case is concerned  no creditor stepped forward is not a problem for homeowners. It is a problem for the banks who want the courts to grant foreclosure to whoever claims it.

If it is their case, then THEY must prove it

As I have said since 2006, the burden of proof should not shift to homeowners until the pretenders have made their case. To get rid of legal presumptions homeowners need only prove a credible narrative (like probable cause) that the documents are fabricated or falsely executed. After that, what is the harm of making the pretenders actually prove their case?

The lawyers who flee from foreclosure defense cases are missing out on a golden opportunity. If this were a golf game the ball would have left the tee in a perfect shot. The fundamental aspect is that nobody can actually prove a claim on a debt, note or mortgage by proving actual facts because those facts are not present.

Defense lawyers spend too much time worrying that maybe the facts will show that they have filed a frivolous defense and not enough time researching objections to claims and proof of claim. It’s time to roll back the burden of proof where it belongs.

It is not the fault of the homeowner that the debt and the owner of the debt is lost. Homeowners had nothing to do with it.

The Franklin decision (see below) from 2016 is an exquisite exposition of the law as it was written, as it is understood by jurists and as it is opposed by Wall Street banks whose very survival is completely dependent upon maintenance of lies that were propagated long before the 2008 crash.

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see franklin-appellate-decision-tirelli-2016

The 2016 Franklin case is, point by point, an independent corroboration of what I have been saying for years about presumptions and burden of proof. Unprepared lawyers for homeowners are the greatest contributors to bad law.
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The documents carry a presumption of validity. The signatures carry a presumption of authenticity. Both presumptions are weak and do NOT provide cover for the proponent of the document to step over a legitimate challenge. The homeowner does not need to prove the invalidity or inauthenticity such that judgment would be in favor of the homeowner BECAUSE the homeowner is not proponent of the document or the signatures.
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It is here that that lawyers for the nonexistent foreclosing party step over the real issue only because foreclosure defense lawyers don’t stop them. The presumption stands if not contested. But if it is contested, then the homeowner must only show enough evidence of inconsistency such that a court COULD reasonably infer that the document might have been fabricated and that the signatures were without authority.
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At that point nothing is decided. AND the burden of proof falls on the proponent of the document to prove its validity and authenticity step by step — something that neither the mill lawyers nor their “clients” could ever do.
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Bottom Line: Homeowners do not need to prove “their case.” They only need to prove enough to cast doubt on validity and authenticity that the would-be foreclosers must prove their case without the use of legal presumptions presumptions. In the end it is their case not the homeowner’s case. When you bring a case to court, it is your case to prove — not the other guy’s case to disprove. Remember that legal presumptions are strictly for judicial economy and not to actually prove a contested fact, especially where there is a credible narrative that is opposite to the presumed facts.
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I think judges around the country are now ready to hear and accept this message. Lawyers who are fleeing retainers to represent homeowners are missing the boat to both fame and fortune.

Fake Evidence and False Representations

Foreclosure defense litigants usually find themselves in a fog of questions they can’t answer. That is because the banks are using a tactic that I have called “step-over.” If they can’t prove an essential element of a case they step over it and pretend it was already established before.

ADMIT NOTHING. ASSUME NOTHING.

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PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT OUR FREE REGISTRATION FORM WITHOUT ANY OBLIGATION. OUR PRIVACY POLICY IS THAT WE DON’T USE THE FORM EXCEPT TO SPEAK WITH YOU OR PERFORM WORK FOR YOU. THE INFORMATION ON THE FORMS ARE NOT SOLD NOR LICENSED IN ANY MANNER, SHAPE OR FORM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Get a Consult and TERA (Title & Encumbrances Analysis and & Report) 202-838-6345 or 954-451-1230. The TERA replaces and greatly enhances the former COTA (Chain of Title Analysis, including a one page summary of Title History and Gaps).

THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A LEGAL OPINION UPON WHICH YOU CAN RELY IN ANY INDIVIDUAL CASE. HIRE A LAWYER.

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Well this is a good example of what I teach lawyers about cross examination for opposition to testimony by affidavit or even oral testimony under oath. It’s easy to say yes, that’s right. Not so easy to say how you know that is right. Good litigators chip away at each component part of each answer. In virtually all cases, the numbers and the documents don’t add up and there is no escape for the banks. They settle those cases under seal of confidentiality.
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The banks have been getting away with this for years.
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The foundation for all evidence of anything in a foreclosure case is whether the foreclosing party exists and whether it has any power to foreclose that has been granted by the owner of the debt. The banks step over this problem by producing a witness that says “we are the servicer of this loan, I am employed by the servicer, these are our business records.” In other words they pretend that they answered the question. But they didn’t. And they know it.
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Other than prior conduct that “speaks” to the issue, there is no testimony from the actual party named as the foreclosing party. This insulates the only witnesses produced from answering any questions about the origin, existence of the foreclosing party or even whether the foreclosing party is a creditor or instead is acting as “holder” which means as a conduit for another party who might also be a conduit. More importantly no witness testifies that the nonparty claiming servicing rights actually has servicing rights and what duties are performed by the servicer at the direction of the undisclosed party behind the scenes. Hence most important of all is the fact that no witness testifies that the servicer’s business records are the business records of the foreclosing party. It is presumed. Attack it and it falls apart.
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Let’s assume that the Trust actually did acquire the debts, notes and mortgages. Exactly how likely is it that the trustee would allow the servicer to see everything in the trust? ZERO. Why would they? Exactly how likely is it that the Trustee would grant total unfettered control over all of its assets without so much as a report to the trustee? ZERO. I could go on forever. Hopefully you get the idea. Exactly how likely is it that a Trustee would allow its name to be used in litigation without its knowledge or consent? ZERO. It’s only when the Trust doesn’t exist and doesn’t acquire anything that such behavior is perfectly OK.
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Here is the truth: no lawyer at any foreclosure mill ever gets a call or even an email from the named foreclosing party nor anyone else. Instead it is all automated in the loose meaning of that word. In truth the referral for foreclosure, the selection of the name of the foreclosing party, and all decisions regarding any given loan are made by people who are employed by an  organization with no right, title or interest in the subject loan. They in turn answer to a higher power — the big banks on Wall Street who are thoroughly insulated from liability as long as they can play trick or treat.

Discovery Changes and Broadens After Hawaii Supreme Court Decision

Based on questions that greeted me when I got to my desk this morning, here are just some of the thoughts that apply — a case review and analysis for each case being necessary to actually draft the right questions and to close any trap doors.

Let us help you plan for trial and draft your foreclosure defense strategy, discovery requests and defense narrative: 202-838-6345. Ask for a Consult.

I provide advice and consultation to many people and lawyers so they can spot the key required elements of a scam — in and out of court. If you have a deal you want skimmed for red flags order the Consult and fill out the REGISTRATION FORM. A few hundred dollars well spent is worth a lifetime of financial ruin.

PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT OUR FREE REGISTRATION FORM WITHOUT ANY OBLIGATION. OUR PRIVACY POLICY IS THAT WE DON’T USE THE FORM EXCEPT TO SPEAK WITH YOU OR PERFORM WORK FOR YOU. THE INFORMATION ON THE FORMS ARE NOT SOLD NOR LICENSED IN ANY MANNER, SHAPE OR FORM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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NOTE: Procedural questions should be posed to local counsel who knows local discovery rules and court procedure. My answer is based upon general knowledge and not based upon any experience in litigating discovery issues in your state.
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The effect of the new decision in the link above is most probably (a) a broadening of existing discovery requests (b) rehearings on recent decisions denying discovery and (c) an opportunity and a reason to ask the questions you really want to ask.
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The first question is whether the questions you would ask now are already within the scope of the questions you have already asked. If so, generally speaking, there is nothing to do. In this scenario you could send a letter, I think, that clarifies your questions in view of the new Supreme Court ruling. The letter would specifically address certain issues that were raised in questions already asked and tells them the details you expect. This could be done in a supplemental request for discovery citing the new Supreme Court decision. Check with local counsel.
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Second, and this is more likely, your case should be analyzed within the context of the new decision. It seems to me that the decision opens up some broader scope of discovery than had previously been submitted. Your opposition will fight this tooth and nail. Pointing to the Hawaii Supreme Court decision is not going to be enough even if the property is in Hawaii. You need to have a very clear narrative that explains why you are asking for the answers to questions and the production of documents and answers to request for admissions. Without a clear defense narrative your first Motion to Compel them to respond will likely fail. The general rule is that discovery, with certain exceptions, can be any request that could lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. By “admissible” the meaning is evidence that is relevant and “probative” to the truth of the matter asserted. It isn’t relevant unless it ties into either the case against you or the defense narrative. Lack of clarity can be fatal.
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The opposition is going to claim privilege, privacy, and proprietary information. You should force them to be more specific as to how the identification of the creditor is proprietary, or an invasion of privacy or some privilege. Tactically I would let them paint themselves into a corner, so you need someone who knows how to litigate. Once it is established that they can’t or won’t disclose the matters into which you have inquired, then the question becomes how they will prove authority from the creditor without identification of the creditor from whom all authority flows.
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That could lead to a motion for summary judgment wherein you allege that they have failed and refused to make disclosure as to the most fundamental aspect of pleading a case. Since their authorization to initiate and maintain a foreclosure action must relate back to the authorization of the creditor (owner of the debt) and they now have not or will not identify that party(ies), the presumption of authority must be considered rebutted, thus requiring them to prove their case with facts and not with the benefit of legal presumptions.
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Since they have admitted on record that they cannot prove they are acting on behalf of the creditor, it follows that they cannot prove authority to initiate or maintain a foreclosure action. Hence, the outcome is certain. They will not be able to prove standing although they might have made certain assertions or allegations that might pass for standing such that they can withstand a motion to dismiss or demurrer. The essential assertion of standing is either rebutted or barred from proof. Hence judgment should be entered for the homeowner.
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Some of this might come out in a motion for sanctions which is virtually certain to come from you when they fail to properly respond to your requests for discovery. This is intricate litigation that should be handled by a local attorney.
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Again don’t start a second front in the battle if you have already covered it in your previously submitted requests for discovery. I think you have asked most of the right questions, although now with this decision it becomes more refined.Among the questions I would ask in view of the new decision from the Supreme Court of Hawaii are the following presented only as narrative draft, subject to improvement by local counsel:
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  1. Does the trust exist under the laws of any jurisdiction? If yes, describe the jurisdiction in which the trust is recognized as existing.
  2. Was the trust organized under the laws of any jurisdiction? If yes, when and where?
  3. Does the trust own the subject debt? If yes, please explain why the trust is not claimed as a holder in due course.
  4. Does the trust allow the beneficiaries an interest in the assets of the trust?
  5. Please describe the manner in which the certificate holders are beneficiaries of a trust.
  6. Does the named Trustee of the Trust have any rights or obligations to monitor trust assets?
  7. Does the named Trustee of the Trust engage in any activities in which it is administering the assets of the Trust.
  8. Describe the assets of the Trust.
  9. Please identify the Trustor or Settlor of the Trust.
  10. Please identify the date, place and parties involved in any transaction in which assets were entrusted to the named trustee for the benefit of named or described beneficiaries.
  11. Please identify the date, place and parties involved in any transaction in which assets were purchased by the Trust or in which a Trustor or Settlor purchased assets that were then entrusted to the named trustee of the Trust for the benefit of named or described beneficiaries.
  12. Is the named Trust a fictitious name being used by one or more other entities?
  13. Do the certificates contain provisions in which the holder of the certificate disclaims any right, title or interest to assets of the Trust or any right, title or interest to the subject loan? If yes, please describe the provision, in what document it is located, the date of the document, and where that document currently exists in the care, custody and/or control of the Trust or any party doing business as or on behalf of the named Trust.
  14. Please describe the owner of the debt, to wit: describe the party currently carrying a receivable on its books that includes the subject loan, wherein no other party is ultimately entitled to proceeds of payments, proceeds or recovery on the subject loan.
  15. Is it your contention that residential foreclosure is legally allowed without ownership of the underlying debt from the borrower? If so, describe the elements of a party who would be legally allowed to foreclose on a residential mortgage without ownership of the underlying debt.
  16. Does the Trust have a bank account in the name of the Trust?
  17. Does the Trust have a bank account in the name of the named Trustee as Trustee for the Trust.
  18. If the answer to either of the two preceding question is yes, please describe the account, its location and identify the signatories on said account.
  19. Please describe the retainer agreement between the named Trust and current counsel of record including all the parties thereto, the date(s) of execution and date that the agreement became effective, the names of the signatories, and their authority to execute the instrument.
  20. With respect to loans attributed to or allegedly owned by the Trust please describe the parties who make decisions, along with a description of their authority, with respect to the following relating to the subject loan:
    1. Whether to foreclose
    2. When to foreclose
    3. What documents are needed for foreclosure
    4. Applications for modification
    5. Terms of modification
    6. Terms for settlement of the debt

Hawaii Supreme Court: Yes to wrongful foreclosure counterclaim BEFORE foreclosure is completed and no to”plausible” pleading

Now that the courts are no longer in fear of precipitating an economic meltdown, it’s time to return to legal decisions instead of political decisions. The Hawaii Supreme Court has done just that in a common sense decision that sweeps aside most of the Wall Street arguments against allowing homeowners to raise the fraudulent foreclosure issue. The decision goes back decades in reaffirming the law and the intent of the rules of civil procedure.

The bottom line is that homeowners must be allowed an opportunity to prove their claim at the same time they are defending a foreclosure action. This levels the playing field and hopefully is a harbinger of future decisions from the high court in each of the states.

Let us help you plan for trial and draft your foreclosure defense strategy, discovery requests and defense narrative: 202-838-6345. Ask for a Consult.

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Get a Consult and TERA (Title & Encumbrances Analysis and & Report) 202-838-6345 or 954-451-1230. The TERA replaces and greatly enhances the former COTA (Chain of Title Analysis, including a one page summary of Title History and Gaps).

THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A LEGAL OPINION UPON WHICH YOU CAN RELY IN ANY INDIVIDUAL CASE. HIRE A LAWYER.

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see Landmark Hawaii Supreme Court Case

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP, Respondent/Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. GRISEL REYES-TOLEDO, Petitioner/Defendant-Appellant,

Remember that while this decision could be used as persuasive authority, it is not binding authority over the courts of any state other than Hawaii.

There are several parts to this decision each consistent with the others.

  1. On a motion to dismiss, plausibility of the allegations are now irrelevant. The homeowner must be given the opportunity to prove the allegations of the complaint. As the Court correctly points out, the plausibility test requires some consideration of some facts that have not been proven or disproven. Hence the plausibility test conflicts directly with the presumption, on a motion to dismiss, that all allegations are true. “Notice pleading” is the law in Hawaii and purportedly is so in many other states where plausibility tests are nonetheless applied. This opinion may go a long way to reversing that erroneous trend.
  2. Notice pleading requires only a short plain statement of ultimate facts upon which the relief sought could be granted. But I would add that the rules about fraud and deceit are still in play, i.e., I don’t believe that any state, including Hawaii would allow a count sounding in fraud without giving some examples in the pleading of the misleading and/or deceitful way that the defendant(s) acted. This decision basically addresses violation of statute and similar kinds of actions.
  3. The implication of this decision is that the pleading should be short and that the homeowner must be given a fair chance to prove his/her allegations.
    1. I am quite certain that this Court would insist on allowing discovery to penetrate far more deeply that is currently generally allowed.
    2. The arguments that the actual transactions and the actual creditor’s identities are private, proprietary and remote was silly to begin with.
    3. This decision will be used by practitioners in Hawaii to demand access to records and to get it through court orders. This alone will result in a landslide of settled cases under seal of confidentiality — if lawyers for homeowners insist on such discovery.
  4. Further moving the ball forward, this Court decided emphatically that claims of wrongful foreclosure can be filed in a counterclaim against the parties involved with the  initiation of wrongful or illegal foreclosure proceedings. That means that contrary to California law and other states, the homeowner does not need to wait to file the claim.
    1. This is a two edged sword. It virtually mandates the filing of the wrongful foreclosure claim because the clock is probably ticking on the statute of limitations the moment the foreclosure is initiated by either judicial or nonjudicial means.
    2. The California doctrine has always been ridiculous and anti-consumer. By denying access to the courts for what is already known to be a wrongful foreclosure based upon false documentation they tie both hands behind the backs of attorneys representing homeowners in foreclosure cases.
    3. Knowing this, most lawyers are now declining representation of homeowners despite clear defects, lies and fabrication of documents relied upon by the lawyers supposedly representing a foreclosing party that many times does not even exist.
    4. Hence the doctrine that wrongful foreclosure claims ONLY arise after the foreclosure is complete produces an absurd result. Once the homeowner proves his/her claims they shouldn’t have lost their home, their life-style and their credit reputation, all based upon illegal acts that were known at the outset, the only remedy under that doctrine is money damages.
  5. The decision also addresses the very important issue of standing. Simply stated, if some party is designated as the foreclosing party, it is the duty of that party and the attorney representing that party to perform sufficient due diligence as to
    1. whether the entity exists,
    2. whether it has possession of the note,
    3. whether the note is endorsed to them by a party who owned the debt,
    4. whether the mortgage or deed of trust was assigned to them by a party that owned the mortgage and the debt, and
    5. whether the debt was in fact transferred from a party who owned the debt to the party claiming the right to foreclose.
  6. If they fail or refuse to perform that due diligence they are violating the law in Hawaii and most likely in dozens of other states. In Hawaii that alone gives rise to a cause of action for damages if damages can be proven, which in most cases is fairly easy. So they are liable for damages if they didn’t perform due diligence.
  7. If they did perform the due diligence and filed knowing that the threshold markers of legal standing are absent, it is malicious abuse of process, it is breach of statutory duties, and it is fraud because the filing of the the lawsuit is a representation that the due  diligence was completed and showed legal standing. And it is probably RICO.

Summary: While it is difficult to predict how and when other states will react to this opinion, it seems likely that this decision in the State of Hawaii will make jurists in other states very uncomfortable. The bias to rule for the alleged foreclosing party just received a blow to any rationality supporting that bias.

TONIGHT! How to Win Eviction/UD Actions

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Charles Marshall will discuss today two seminal unlawful detainer (UD) cases, in which respectively in each case the lower Court there found per usual for the institutional UD Plaintiff against the ‘former’ homeowner who was foreclosed on by an institutional trust, aka ‘lender-in-succession’. Yet on appeal of the UD judgment, in both these separate cases, the appellate courts reversed the judgment and remanded the cases.

First up for discussion today is Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) v. Preciado, the appeal decided in August 2013. The second case is US Financial, L.P. v. McLitus, decided on appeal in August of 2016, which appeal decision was published in November 2016.

Both appellate courts found that neither UD Plaintiff had perfected title, as required by CCC 2924. Will discuss the reasons for this on today’s show.

The courts are meandering back to application of basic law, now that their fears of causing global collapse seem behind them. In Hawai’i the Supreme Court decided that subjective criteria used to dismiss homeowner claims were inapplicable and added that a wrongful foreclosure action could be filed BEFORE the foreclosure was finalized.

In Unlawful Detainer (UD) actions brought in nonjudicial foreclosure states (the majority) there has always been tension between the lawsuit that must be filed by the party claiming possession and the burden of proof. Judges seem to perceive it in the past as just another action for TRO where the homeowner must essentially assert defenses to pleadings that are not filed by the foreclosing party and then prove assertions without having access to the records of the opposing party.

Make no mistake about it. The UD proceeding is the first time anyone makes allegations about the change of title through the foreclosure process and therefore is the first time the homeowner is entitled to frame a narrative defense to real allegations ultimately relating to “perfecting title.”

But the key is the willingness to fight despite  apparently long odds against the homeowner. It’s not as bad as it looks, but it is still an uphill battle. 99% of all UD actions are resolved by the homeowner defaulting on either answering the complaint or failing to prosecute the defenses. Of the cases that are hotly contested, my perception is that somewhere between 25%-35% of homeowners actually win. That figure could be low because of the lack of definition of what constitutes a hotly contested case.

Note that the cases scheduled to be outlined by Charles are appellate cases in which the homeowner lost at the trial level. That means a commitment to persist in the fight is the primary factor in winning homeowner cases, one by one.

Not So Innocent: Transfer of Servicing Rights

Fundamental questions:

  • How can a “trust” change trustees without consent of the Trustor and/or beneficiaries? Is this statement true: The position of being a Trustee for a REMIC Trust is a salable, transferrable commodity that can take place without the knowledge or consent of the Trustor or the Beneficiaries? Hence were all those changes in Trustees void or invalid and who has standing to complain about it? If there is no Trustor and there are no beneficiaries it isn’t a Trust so no consent from the trust is required. That still leaves open the question “if not the trust, then who?”
  • How can a “trust” change servicers without the consent of the Trustor and/or beneficiaries? Is this statement true: Servicers can decide amongst themselves as to who will be designated the “servicer” on performing and non-performing loans without the consent and knowledge of the creditor. The corollary is that homeowners are bound to  make payments to whoever declares themselves to be an intermediary for an undisclosed creditor.
  • It all boils down to whether the existence and identity of the creditor matters. If not, anyone with a computer and printer can collect money or even foreclose on a homeowner. That in turn raises an interesting specter: homeowners forming their own servicing companies and challenging the other self-proclaimed servicers for the rights to service or enforce the loan. It seems to me that the only way the homeowner servicing company can lose is if an actual creditor steps forward and says that they want the “other guy.” Otherwise the new servicing company can do everything that the tricksters do until they too have a chain of title. Am I wrong? Comments appreciated.

Let us help you plan for trial and draft your foreclosure defense strategy, discovery requests and defense narrative: 202-838-6345. Ask for a Consult.

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Each “notice” that is sent under the letterhead of a self-proclaimed servicer is actually trojan horse designed to provoke no response. Later they will use that notice as “proof of the matter asserted” and get it admitted under the business records exception. Failure to respond to notices is in effect digging your own grave. The most typical example is when the homeowner receives a notice of transfer of servicing. It doesn’t come from the creditor. It comes from one of the self-proclaimed servicers who do not and will not disclose the name(s) of the creditor.

This isn’t just a notice of transfer of loan servicing. The actual outsource vendor “servicing” the account probably doesn’t include either one of the old or new companies claiming they were or are servicers.

The notice is sent to add cement the illusion of chain of title and to invoke “account stated”. (look it up). Most such notices of a change in servicers are for purposes other than those stated in the notice. They are leveraging the law requiring such notices to be sent in the event that a new servicer has been appointed. The change in servicers is actually a fabrication or farce as some judges have described it. No “boarding” occurs. In fact, the only reason they sent this notice was to produce evidence of your acceptance of the terms of the loan and evidence that both the old and new servicers were authorized. Doing nothing is tacit acceptance of everything written on that notice. And it will be used against you.

The hidden agenda is to put another layer between you and the actual creditor. Such a notice, to be valid, must be executed or acknowledged by the creditor to whom the debt is owed. That would require disclosure of the identity of the creditor — something your opposition will never do even under court order.
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So to summarize the real purpose of this notice is to serve as the grease on the rails that lead to the abyss of foreclosure or justification for a past foreclosure.
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Think about it. You owe money. You’ve been paying a company that claims to be an authorized bookkeeper or servicer. They have never identified a creditor — much less an acknowledgement or direction from the creditor as to where to send your payments.  But they do say that the are acting on behalf of a jumble of words that implies that either a big name bank is involved or a REMIC Trust or both.
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They never say that the “Trust” is the owner of the debt. They only say that enforcement of the note and mortgage is legal because they have “possession of the “original” note and/or an assignment of the mortgage. They don’t say that the Trust owns the debt because the assertion would (a) be lying and (b) would need to be proved by the attorneys who represent the servicer who proclaims authority to enforce on behalf of the trust. Using the words “on  behalf of” or “as trustee for” implies that the named entity exists and owns the loan. But it doesn’t say it outright.
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So now the place that had been doing the bookkeeping tells you to now send you the payments to a new bookkeeper. Why would you accept directions from them? Wouldn’t you want to know that the creditor authorized the old servicing and the new servicing?
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The strategy and tactics of the banks are ALWAYS about strengthening the illusion that they are authorized intermediaries for the creditors. The more paper they fabricate, the more “transfers” they “disclose” the easier it is to get a judge to treat the homeowner as a conspiracy theorist.

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This would be an excellent time to fashion a new QWR and DVL and complaints to AG and CFPB. Anyone can do it using the information from this email. But if you want us to do it for you here are the links (the generic one might be helpful but won’t really get to the essential point in this post):
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QUALIFIED WRITTEN REQUEST challenging the notice.
DEBT VALIDATION LETTER challenging the notice.
AG and CFPB COMPLAINTS citing lack of authority from an undisclosed creditor.
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