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filing chapter 13 bankruptcy in JacksonvilleIt can be devastating to lose your home in a foreclosure. Fortunately, filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an excellent option that can save your home. Chapter 13 can give you the opportunity to reorganize your debt to make it more manageable. This debt includes payments you are making on your mortgage.

What is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 is also known as a wage earner’s plan. You will be able to determine a plan to repay all or part of your debts. With the help of an experienced Jacksonville bankruptcy lawyer, you propose a plan to repay your creditors. The amount you are required to repay is based on several factors, including your income. The time-period for this repayment plan is typically three to five years.

florida supreme courtCase Law Update: Florida Supreme Court Issues Decision in Bartram v. U.S. Bank

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in an important decision November 3 that will impact current and future mortgage foreclosure cases. The ruling in Bartram v. U.S. Bank (SC14-1265) directly affects Florida’s five-year statute of limitation in mortgage foreclosure cases. The ruling holds that the statue of limitations does NOT prevent a mortgage service from multiple, successive foreclosure lawsuits against a borrower.

This means that even if a prior foreclosure case was dismissed or the mortgage service lost at trial the mortgage service can commence another foreclosure against the borrower if the borrower defaults again within five years simply by setting a new default date.  Therefore homeowners are still obligated to pay their mortgage obligations even if a lender unsuccessfully attempted foreclosure in the past. A past dismissal will not prevent a future filing.