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Bar News - January 15, 2014

Foreclosure Project Enters Second Year


In its first year, the collaborative NH Foreclosure Relief Project (FRP) has helped hundreds of homeowners facing foreclosure through free legal clinics and in filing legal actions, including temporary restraining orders and complaints for wrongful foreclosure (contract or tort), unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation, breach of contract, negligent servicing, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and violations of RSA 358-C.

Additionally, homeowners have been helped by specially trained homeownership counselors, who understand loan modifications and are generally familiar with other options available to borrowers, including a forbearance, short sale, private sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. FRPís success in a remarkably short period of time is attributable to the extensive collaboration between legal service providers and these homeownership counselors. The result is an effective safety net for New Hampshire homeowners facing foreclosure or mortgage-related problems.

As FRP embarks on its second year, there remains much to do. New Hampshire continues to bear witness to distressed homeowners. The layering of financial and family stress with a difficult and confusing mortgage finance industry renders many homeowners vulnerable. In an effort to meet their needs, the NH Bar Association arm of the FRP seeks additional panel members to represent consumers in foreclosure- and mortgage-related cases, including mortgage servicing abuse, wrongful foreclosure, and dual tracking. Participating attorneys have a diverse range of practice areas, including litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, family law, probate and appellate law. Project volunteers have access to educational resources, training and support.

Funded by a portion of the stateís share of the national mortgage settlement, FRP is a collaborative effort of the NHBA Legal Services Department, NH Legal Assistance, the Legal Advice and Referral Center, and the NH Housing Finance Authority. The project is designed to assist homeowners of all income levels who are facing foreclosure- or mortgage-related problems.

For more information about joining FRP, please contact the Foreclosure Relief Project Coordinator, Vanessa Beauchesne or 603-715-3255.
Foreclosure Attorneys Helped Dozens of Homeowners in 2013
The following attorneys volunteered for at least one Foreclosure Relief Project clinic in 2013. During the clinics, these lawyers met one-on-one with homeowners in danger of foreclosure to assess their situations and advise of their options.
Omer Ahern
Jonathan Alexander
Bronwyn Asplund-Walsh
Sabrina Beavens
Andrea Bopp-Stark
Stephanie Bray
Stephanie Burnham
Tim Chevalier
Ernie Ciccotelli**
Cheryl Deshaies
Megan Devorsey
Ray DiLucci
Dawn DiManna**
William Fardy
Steve Frank**
Chris Garner
Terrie Harman
Steven Hyde
Michelle Johnson
Christopher Kelley
Bradford Kuster**
Jeffrey Lodding
Judith Lozzi
Zoe Manos***
Walter Maroney
Keith Matthews
Cory Mattocks**
Gerry Neiman
Kelly Ovitt Puc
Roger Phillips
Michael Racine
Charles Russell
Joann Samson
Alex Samuel
Marghie Seymour
Willis Sloat
Steve Slovenski
Robert Thomas**
Dawn Worsley
Peter Wright
Each asterisk indicates an additional FRP clinic at which the attorney volunteered.

Krista Atwater is a contract attorney working with the NHBA Legal Services Department on the Foreclosure Relief Project.

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