Editorial: Tighten law to stop foreclosure schemes

Editorial: Tighten law to stop foreclosure schemes
The Tampa Bay Times' Susan Taylor Martin last week highlighted that for all the hand-wringing over the sluggish pace of Florida's foreclosure process, some individuals are making out like bandits. The scheme takes advantage of a law that was aimed at …
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Former 'foreclosure mill' offshoot to lay off 116
Florida Default Group, which at its peak had more than 1,000 lawyers and staff, was investigated by the Florida Attorney General's office for robo-signing and other sloppy work in 2010, but the case was dropped. In January of 2012, Ron Wolfe, who had …
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'Faster foreclosures' law unintentionally slows Florida filings
Parts of the foreclosure machine are still moving full speed ahead. Tampa Bay judges closed or dismissed about 2,500 cases in July, close to an average month. Nearly 1,400 auctions of foreclosed homes were scheduled in Pinellas in the past two months.
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Confusing lawyer fees complicate foreclosure battles
… final judgment of foreclosure, but it won't keep the bank from ultimately taking back the house. "I fight like hell for people, but I'm also constantly telling my clients that at the end you're probably going to lose it,'' says Mark Stopa, a Tampa …
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