Saturday, August 18, 2012

Duration of Lis Pendens Filing

Question: How long is a lis pendens filing valid? Does the lender only have a certain amount of time to actually follow through with foreclosure in New York? If a lender initiates lis pendens, how long do they have to follow through - if the borrower is trying to work something out (i.e. get a loan modification) for example, and let's just say it's over a year since the original papers were filed with the court, can the lender still foreclose or is there an "expiration" to these documents?

Response: Lis pendens is valid for three years and after three years if foreclosure did not take place, the bank, through its attorneys, files for a renewal. In New York, there are mandatory settlement conferences, where you can try to resolve your case (i.e. by attempting loan modification, short sale, reinstatement, payoff, etc). Unless a foreclosure sale date has been scheduled, there is still a good chance you can try to work your case out. In New York, after over a year of foreclosure filing, the case is still in its preliminary stages.

In the legal blog, Attorney Svetlana Kaplun addresses typical questions our firm has received from our clients, or come across from homeowners related to foreclosure, foreclosure defense, loan modification and bankruptcy topics.

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