Lawyers Are on the Hot Seat in California for Possibly Scamming Clients in Loan Modification Foreclosure
Hiring an attorney to help you with your loan modification?
Just when you think things can't get worse...they do. In California, the State Bar Association was shocked at the number of attorneys who are taking advantage of clients who have hired them to help with their foreclosure...only to find out they may have been scammed! The problem apparently has gotten so bad, they are " waiving investigation confidentiality in favor of public protection".
According to my source, “The number of attorneys using their law licenses to essentially take money from unwary but trusting consumers is astounding,” Weiner added. “There are literally thousands of victims who have lost money they could not afford to lose. Under the circumstances, the need for public information and protection is paramount.” Among the cases against attorneys, nearly 25% are related to issues revolving around home foreclosures.
The complaints from these unsuspecting homeowners include charges that the attorney took their money and then did nothing to help them. They made promises and then failed to deliver on them. When clients tried to call, they wouldn't return phone calls.
Things are so out of hand that the state Bar has developed a team of special investigators to deal with all of the complaints coming in. The majority of lawyers who are in trouble offering loan modification service are often associated with companies that use telemarketers or phone banks to obtain clients.
Several attorneys have resigned pending investigations. Among the charges are the use of non-licensed office staff who are preforming duties that are considered "practicing law".
Foreclosure Loan Modification Attorney list
"The following attorneys have received a significant number of
complaints related to the loan modification services they were
hired to perform. They are entitled to a full and fair hearing on
any charges that may be filed in the future. No discipline may be
imposed unless and until the State Bar proves allegations of
misconduct by clear and convincing evidence" (website reference was removed by the originator).
▪ David Arase, Bar No. 233705, Arase Law Firm and National Housing Assistance
▪ Stephen Burns, Bar No. 113371, Legal Group Network
▪ Robert Buscho, Bar No. 122556, United Law Group
▪ Nicholas Chavarela, Bar No. 251632, Rodis Law Group and America’s Law Group
▪ Steven Feldman, Bar No. 103676, Feldman Law Center
▪ Eric Johnson, Bar No. 224065, Avantgarde Group
▪ Paul Lucas, Bar No. 163076, Lucas Law Center
▪ Brandon Moreno, Bar No. 233750, U. S. Foreclosure
▪ Jeffrey Nemerofsky, Bar No. 213014, U.S. Advocacy Law Group and U.S. Financial Products
▪ Gregory Paiva, Bar No. 207218, Law Offices of Gregory Paiva
▪ Adrian Pomery, Bar No. 249664, U.S. Foreclosure
▪ Ronald Rodis, Bar No. 181873, Rodis Law Group and America’s Law Group
▪ Mark Shoemaker, Bar No. 134828, Advocates for Fair Lending
▪ Marc Tow, Bar No. 78429, Marc Tow and Associates
▪ Michael Yellin, Bar No. 255050, A Fresh Start Loan Modification
▪ Sean Rutledge, Bar No. 255938, United Law Group
Your Loan Modification- How to choose a good attorney and what to look out for
The best way to find a good attorney is through the referral of someone who has used them. Another way is to contact the State Bar Association and ask for a referral. This is true whether you are in California or any other state. There are legitimate and honest attorneys out there, you just need to use caution when betting your money on one.
Some of the things to be wary of if you are in need of legal assistance:
- Ads should disclose who the attorney is that will be responsible- if not, be wary.
- Be on guard if the office personnel won't disclose the name of the attorney
- The attorney is too busy to meet with you in person and sends someone else in his stead
- The attorney tells the potential client to stop paying their loan payment.
- The rate of success is very high- 90% and above. Realistically, this would be unlikely.
- The company requires a large upfront fee even prior to any case assessment.
- The attorney isn't licensed for your state
More by this Author
Compensation resources and salary research disclose executive compensation employee, executive bonus, compensation and benefits for chief executive officer,and other executive salaries to be above average wages...far...
Foreclosure timeline is based on two different types of documents and processes. One is called the "deed of trust" the other is called a "mortgage". It is confusing because most people refer to their...
Every video and book jacket I see of Yoga instruction shows a thin, flexible person bending with fluid precision. But what about yoga for fat people? Is that even possible? One of the problems with being a plus...
Comments 12 comments