Monday, December 24, 2012

Filing a "Pro Se" Motion to Have a Foreclosure Case Dismissed

Question: A foreclosure suit was filed against me in 2010. The home was sold through a short sale, with the involvement of the bank in late 2011. The price was within 90% of the mortgage amount and the bank waived any right to collect "shortages" in the suit they filed. When I checked with the court recently the suit is still active. Although there is nothing pending, no judge assigned, etc. What language would I use in a "pro se" motion to have the case dismissed?

Response: From your description, it appears that short sale took place approximately a year ago. At this point, the case is sitting in court without any activity. Because of the backlog of foreclosure cases, sometimes, it takes banks longer than generally anticipated to proceed with their action, or as is the case here, with the discontinuance. Once the property sells and the bank receives its proceeds (short sale cannot take place unless agreed by the bank), the foreclosure action must be discontinued and the bank will get to it sooner or later. If you wanted to bring a motion at your own initiative, you would have to be the one to file for the Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI), thus assigning a judge and then you could bring a motion. Alternatively, you could bring an Order to Show Cause to have the judge hear you out. Essentially, it would be a lot of time and effort on your part when the case is already closed.

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