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If you’re one of the millions of Americans in danger of losing your house, you need information you can trust. The Foreclosure Survival Guide will show you how to decide whether it’s best to stay or go.

Packed with information, this book details all of your options so that you can make the best decisions, and get the best results, when ...

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Overview

If you’re one of the millions of Americans in danger of losing your house, you need information you can trust. The Foreclosure Survival Guide will show you how to decide whether it’s best to stay or go.

Packed with information, this book details all of your options so that you can make the best decisions, and get the best results, when facing foreclosure. You’ll learn about:

  • federal programs to help you avoid foreclosure
  • free help from nonprofit housing counselors
  • short sales and deeds in lieu of foreclosure
  • delaying or avoiding foreclosure with bankruptcy
  • foreclosure scams and how to avoid them

This new edition provides up-to-date information on the Making Home Affordable programs, foreclosure timelines and court decisions affecting homeowners’ rights.

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Bankruptcy attorney Elias targets the estimated two million American homeowners who are currently in default on their mortgages. Elias explains how foreclosure works, what options there may be for keeping a home when in default, and what to do when that is not possible. He includes instruction on negotiating a workout with a lender as well as chapters on how to use bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure. Elias's section on fighting foreclosure in the courts helps readers understand the circumstances in which they may be able to delay or stop a foreclosure action. The appendixes provide summaries of each state's foreclosure laws, a glossary, and information on finding and working with lawyers and bankruptcy petition preparers. Straightforward and timely, this is recommended for most public libraries.
—Joan Pedzich

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"...evaluate your options and make smart choices." Publishers Weekly

“Straightforward and timely.” Library Journal

“Steve Elias’s proven ability to demystify law is exactly what those facing foreclosure need.” Jim C. Turner, Former Executive Director, Halt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413310597
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Until his death in late 2011, Stephen R. Elias was a practicing attorney, active Nolo author, and president of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He was an important part of Nolo for more than 30 years, and was the author or coauthor of many Nolo books, including Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. Steve held a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He was featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money Magazine, and more. The blog he began on bankruptcy and foreclosure law continues at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog.

Amy Loftsgordon has worked in the area of foreclosure for over ten years. She received a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado. Amy has authored numerous foreclosure articles on Nolo.com.

Leon Bayer is a Los Angeles, California bankruptcy attorney, practicing since 1979. His primary focus is on representing individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is a founding partner in the California law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta and is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law. To learn more about Leon, you can visit his Los Angeles Bankruptcy Blog or his Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney website. Mr. Bayer is a coauthor of Nolo's The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?, authors the “Ask Leon” series on Nolo’s Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure blog, and writes on bankruptcy topics for Nolo’s website.

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Table of Contents

Your Foreclosure Companion

1. Foreclosure: The Big Picture

2. Foreclosure Nuts and Bolts

3. Can You Keep Your House? Should You?

4. Negotiating a Workout

5. How Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Delay or Stop Foreclosure

6. How Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can Delay or Stop Foreclosure

7. Fighting Foreclosure in Court

8. If You Decide to Leave Your House

9. How Long Can You Stay in Your House for Free?

10. Resources Beyond the Book

Glossary

Index

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