Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Alabama Attorneys To Kick Off Statewide Program To Assist Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

In Huntsville, Alabama, The Huntsville Times reports:
  • Lawyers in Huntsville will kick off a statewide program here today to assist homeowners in danger of losing their houses because of mortgage foreclosures, according to the Alabama State Bar Association. The campaign will have a staggered rollout throughout the state, said Tom Methvin, president-elect of the bar association. The Huntsville/Madison County area is being targeted first because of the high number of reported foreclosures, he said. "The Alabama State Bar is concerned about the high number of foreclosures in the state," he said. "It's very easy in Alabama for lenders to foreclose on a mortgage and take someone's house."


  • There are various ways distressed homeowners can receive free help from a lawyer through Legal Services Alabama,(1) Methvin said. Help negotiating with lenders is available to those of all income levels. Assistance for those who need to go to court is available only to low-income homeowners, he said.


  • Under a public-awareness and education campaign, homeowners facing foreclosure can call a toll-free hot line at 877-393-2333. They will be connected with a legal aid attorney who will advise them about the various stages of the process and furnish free legal assistance.

For more, see Program set to help stop foreclosures (Lawyers kick off plan here to aid state homeowners).

(1) Legal Services Alabama is a nonprofit organization providing free civil legal and law-related services to low-income Alabamians in all 67 counties.