Hurricane Irma Update from Port Charlotte, Florida!

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Just an update to let everyone know we are in a safe place down in Port Charlotte and are weathering the hurricane in place.

The worst of the storm will hit us at 7 pm EDT, when the eye wall approaches our area.

We anticipate losing power and potentially all communications with the outside world until after the storm passes and power is restored.

If we have cell service, my business line will be open at (512) 718-9604.

Anyone purchasing books or other materials from the Clouded Titles website … there will be a slight delay in getting your orders processed due to the storm.

We still have seats left in the upcoming Foreclosure Defense Workshop in Orlando, Florida.  It will still go on as planned despite this nasty bit of weather.

We do have a group room block on rooms at the La Quinta Inn & Suites-Airport North in Orlando, Florida.

Call (407) 240-5000 and tell them you are with the DK CONSULTANTS LLC group meeting on September 30-October 1, 2017.

Sadly, even with the hurricane and the widespread damage to the Sunshine State, the bastard banks will not let up.

If you’re in default (and maybe not even in default), the servicers may attempt to withhold insurance payments from you.

Report these to the Florida Attorney General’s office (if in fact it does any good) anyway.  You may have to file suit to recover any funds.

I will have an update as soon as conditions allow.  Stay safe if you are in the path of this storm.

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

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REMINDER: FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP COMING TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA!

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This event features a foreclosure defense attorney, a title consultant, a forensic document examiner and a Florida Circuit Clerk.

Where else can you mingle with other attorneys, investors, affected homeowners and paralegals that are “fighting the good fight” than at this Workshop!

Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Airport North (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days).

This is the only Workshop of its kind that teaches you how to navigate the treacherous waters of state and federal court, even if you’re going at it alone pro se because you either don’t have the money to pay an attorney or don’t trust attorneys.

On Day 1, we explore the Rules of Civil Procedure, Title Issues and Fraudulent Documents; and on Day 2, Rules of Evidence, along with a Q&A session.

Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible moment. 

There is nothing worse than blowing your case (and creating bad case law) because you missed a step in filing, answering or appealing your case.

There is nothing worse than being socked with the other side’s attorney’s fees because you weren’t prepared to take calculated risks to wage a court battle!

There is nothing worse than having your case being dismissed because of deficiencies in your case because you didn’t know when and how to posture discovery.

There is nothing worse than having your case removed to federal court because your state pleadings were poorly written or your filed case was totally deficient and devoid of proper claims.

Most importantly, there is nothing worse than being messed over by a biased court judge because you lacked the knowledge necessary to make the other side prove its case!

It’s one thing to go into court and fight a traffic ticket.  It’s totally another to go into court and fight to save your home.

If you’re in the middle of a foreclosure action, bring all your case files with you!   You may get answers to questions you have involving your specific case throughout the course of this Workshop!

The cost to attend is $695 per person; $895.00 for a married couple.  

This is way less than most homeowners’ mortgage payments!

What?  You can’t afford this Workshop?

Then ask yourself whether you can even afford to stay in your home.

Maybe fighting a foreclosure is a complete waste of your valuable time and resources!

Maybe you’re simply thinking about abandoning your home.  That’s just what the banks want you to do! 

Maybe this class will show you some tricks of the trade that you haven’t even thought of!

Hotel reservations in our group room block end on September 15th, so you have 10 days left to make hotel arrangements!

Responsible American homeowners don’t quit.  They fight!

In fact, your chances for “buying time” simply increase exponentially if you engage in a court battle!

Don’t let the banks steal your home!  Sign up today and attend this important workshop!  FDW ORLANDO REGISTRATION FORM

 

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JOIN DAVE KRIEGER ON CITY SPOTLIGHT … FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6:00 P.M. EDT!

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Clouded Titles author Dave Krieger hosts his weekly radio show, featuring guest real estate agents Sal Guiliano and Linda Kelly (from Elevate Real Estate Brokers) talking about the “ins and outs” of buying and selling real estate in today’s hot Florida seller’s market.

Dave also has the latest updates from the nation’s courts on foreclosures, new case law and interesting takes on the financial markets, along with R. J. Malloy, retired attorney (and Dave’s “legal voice of reason”), WKDW-FM Station Manager (and former law clerk to a federal district court judge).  You won’t find the “truth” anywhere else but here!   Click the WKDW logo to listen live!

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U.S. 9TH CIRCUIT RULES ROBINS HAS ARTICLE 3 STANDING!

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For those of you that haven’t been keeping track of the differences of opinion between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Spokeo v. Robins case, the 9th Circuit panel has issued an opinion that the Plaintiff (Robins) did in fact allege a “concrete injury”.  I posited this dilemma in my book FDCPA, Debt Collection and Foreclosures to some extent.  Now it appears that the 9th Circuit’s holding played in fact off of the Big Top’s decision, which was narrow, wherein a violation of the FCRA (according to this decision), an acronym for the Fair Credit Reporting Act, was enough to include this in an FDCPA action to establish that when servicers (who act as lenders) wrongfully put information on your credit report or in the alternative, debt collectors report things to the credit bureaus that are known to be false (or wrongfully reported by servicers during a period of time wherein a Qualified Written Request is pending), prevents the consumer from moving forward by hampering their credit scores, which results in future credit damage, which is an actionable injury, enough to establish Article III standing.

As you may remember, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a May 16, 2017 ruling declaring that the 9th Circuit failed to address whether the statutory provisions at issue were established to protect Robins’s concrete interests, as opposed to purely procedural issues. The 9th Circuit responded that the FCRA was created to protect consumers’ interests in mandating that credit reporting agencies issue truthful and accurate credit reports, which affect a consumer’s future lifestyle changes, the ability to obtain credit and employment potential.

The 9th Circuit remanded the case back down to the Central District of California for further action.  For those of you in the 9th Circuit states, you should be jumping for joy, because the little guy has won another round.  To see the opinion, click the link: Robins v Spokeo Inc, 9th App Cir No 11-56843 (August 15, 2017)

It stands to reason that we will be discussing this in more detail in our third of four FDCPA webinars, coming soon to the CloudedTitles.com website.

In the meantime, for those of you continuing to fight foreclosures pro se, you may wish to pay attention to the following and inquire about attending our upcoming foreclosure defense workshop in Orlando, Florida:

Download the Registration Form here: FDW ORLANDO REGISTRATION FORM

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FIVE REASONS NOT TO AVOID SERVICE OF PROCESS!

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I just received an email from a homeowner which stated that he “refused” service of process.

I flew into a fit of rage.  It took me 10 minutes just to calm down before answering his actions.

By nature, we have a tendency to avoid conflict.  We don’t like confrontation.  A process server coming to your door, at any hour of the day or night, means that a confrontation is about to occur which is at best unsettling, causing conflict in your life.  In the case of a married couple, you can expect that once a process server delivers their spate of bad news, you can bet that there will be immediate strife in the household.  Tempers flare.  Blood pressure goes up. Insomnia due to worry sets in.  For all practical purposes, emotion rules.  Common sense goes right out the window.  So, naturally, our tendency is to avoid service.  I believe this is wrong (and so do many attorneys I’ve talked to).  So I’ve put together a list of 5 brief reasons why NOT to avoid (or in the alternative) refuse service of process.

REASON #1: You won’t know who your enemies are! 

You’ve heard the old saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”  This saying came about for a reason, especially in the legal profession.

When you don’t understand WHO is coming after you, you won’t know how to establish an “End Game Strategy” to beat down the action being taken against you.

REASON #2: You won’t know why your enemies (whoever they may be) are coming after you! 

If homeowners (as Borrowers on a Note) haven’t been able to make their mortgage payments, chances are likely they’ll figure out why a process server is attempting service of process … because the bank (or servicer) wants their money and they are tired of waiting.  On occasion, a servicer will send out notices (in the form of door hangers) through their local contacts, tipping off homeowners that service of process for a lawsuit (or non-judicial foreclosure sale) is likely imminent.  If you have more than one property, you definitely won’t know which property is being affected because you’re “not in the loop”.

REASON #3: You won’t have a legal “foot in the door!” 

One of the first ways foreclosure defense attorneys can defeat a case is to make the other side do its job properly. On many an occasion, a servicer has hired a process server to serve process and it was done improperly for whatever reason (tacking a note up on the door, which later blew away; false attestation, etc.) and thus, attacking service of process is the first line of defense in making the entire foreclosure process have to be refiled again.  Homeowners (as Borrowers) do not understand this principle because they’d rather “play ostrich” and stick their heads in the sand.  Remember, avoid conflict at all costs, unless it proves to be fatal.  In many states, refusing service when confronted can also mean service was accepted.  Judges don’t like it when the party being served deliberately says “NO” to process, because it’s their right to know what they’re being accused of doing (or not doing).  Judges have also been told to clear their dockets of issues like this, which is a precursor to a default judgment being issued against you.  It’s one thing NOT to be home when the process server calls, it’s quite another to refuse service when it could be something financially critical to your future well-being (and that of your family).

REASON #4: You have no idea how to strategize a defense to the service, let alone anything else! 

Many foreclosure defense attorneys understand that attacking improper service of process only frustrates the foreclosure process and doesn’t stop it altogether.  However, understand that if the other side is going to bring a claim against you, don’t you think they need to follow the letter of the law?  After all, this likely involves dispossessing you of your property and if they don’t do something as simple as to properly serve you with the paperwork, how do you know if everything else they’ve done is right too?

REASON #5: Time is of the essence! 

No matter what the outcome of service, time is working against you the longer you wait to accept service.  I’ve known at least one person that has deliberately made himself scarce when he knows a process server is attempting to serve him with papers.  He thinks that by avoiding service, he’s going to be able to delay his day in court.  Unfortunately, after a time of trying to serve a party at their residence, the process server will contact the attorney handling the opposition’s case and make mention of the facts (that you’re either avoiding or refusing service) at hand and the attorney may then request from the judge to allow for substituted service (meaning someone else close to you can be served in your stead), which makes you an open target for service at your place of employment or through a relative who lives nearest to you.

Once service has been completed, you have a timetable in place.  In judicial states (mortgage states) you have 20 to 30 days to respond to the complaint. If you don’t, a default judgment can be entered against you and the foreclosure will be commenced against the property without your knowledge and probably at a time most inconvenient to you (or your loved ones).  The last thing I’d want to see is someone being kicked to the curb.  See below (from the film 99 Homes): 

The setting of a timetable forces you to have to act to stop whatever is coming after you.  For the average homeowner, this means spending money you don’t have hiring an attorney to draft and file and answer to the Complaint.  The average homeowner should also understand that many attorneys aren’t real well versed in foreclosure defense and are likely to admit to things that they don’t understand.  Even worse, should a pro se homeowner proceed without at least some assistance of counsel, they are likely to screw themselves out of their home permanently, while putting their spouse or family at equal risk.

This is one of the reasons why we set up the FORECLOSURE DEFENSE WORKSHOP! 

If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any!

Here is an opportunity to learn from one of the best foreclosure defense attorneys in Florida!  (see below)


Here … you have an opportunity to learn to fight back!

Download the Workshop application here: FDW ORLANDO REGISTRATION FORM

Yes, DK Consultants LLC is sponsoring this event.  This is the only event in 2017 and the ONLY event custom tailored to pro se litigants!

This means, you’re going to get educational information that is vital to saving your home … not just some sort of “delay game” strategy used by most Florida foreclosure defense attorneys!

ENROLL NOW!  SEATING IS LIMITED!

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