Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Defending homeowners in foreclosure cases

The headlines are full of statistics about the record number of foreclosure cases being filed in this state and around the country. Along with the increased workload for foreclosure attorneys, more and more lawyers are being asked to defend foreclosure cases on behalf of homeowners. Because this is such a specialized area of law, most lawyers have not had a lot of prior experience working a foreclosure file.

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association has produced five videos outlining the foreclosure process. The videos are available free on the website http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/. I watched the first video. It is pretty informative. While these videos are marketed towards homeowners, they are a very helpful resource to the general practitioner who is looking to defend his or her first foreclosure action, especially if your case happens to be in Cook County.

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