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    April
    15
    2009

    Free training to fight the flood of foreclosures – help homeowners, strengthen communities

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    Did you know that the State Bar of Wisconsin is the official record keeper for agencies that regulate the practice of law in Wisconsin? That means, when your State Bar member record is out of date or incorrect, it affects more than just the Bar. It could affect communications from the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, Board of Bar Examiners, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    April 15, 2009 - Attend an upcoming presentation of the Representing Homeowners in Default and Foreclosure seminar. This program is designed to give you the basic training and skills you need to join attorneys around the state who are working to help Wisconsin homeowners in financial distress. This full-day course will cover vital topics such as negotiating loan modifications or other foreclosure prevention solutions, using the new federal “Making Home Affordable” program to refinance, taking advantage of lender-initiated programs, mounting legal defenses and counterclaims, and understanding bankruptcy and foreclosure.

    Wisconsin foreclosures soared 62 percent in 2008, according to RealtyTrack Inc., and the February 2009 total was up almost 11 percent from January. Thousands of properties are in jeopardy, often with bewildered homeowners who don’t know their legal rights. The results have been devastating for homeowners and their communities.

    There are at least two things you can do to help. First, you can get the training you need to make a difference. The training opportunity described below will get you started. Then, you can put your new skills to use helping to provide volunteer legal assistance to people in your community who need your help.

    Representing Homeowners in Default and Foreclosure is designed to give you the basic training and skills you need to join attorneys around the state who are working to help Wisconsin homeowners in financial distress.This full-day course will cover vital topics such as:

    • Negotiating loan modifications or other foreclosure prevention solutions
    • Using the new federal “Making Home Affordable” program to refinance
    • Taking advantage of lender-initiated programs
    • Mounting legal defenses and counterclaims
    • Understanding bankruptcy and foreclosure

    Your presenters will be two leaders in the field: Catherine M. Doyle, chief staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, and David Leibowitz, founder and partner of LakeLaw.

    These free training opportunities have been organized by the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee with support from WHEDA and the State Bar of Wisconsin. The State Bar will seek BBE approval for up to 4.5 CLE credits.

    Four additional opportunities around the state

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