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The Fundamentals of Foreclosure Defense and Alternative Remedies

SKU: REL2600
Total Credits
3 - 3.7
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While the panic surrounding the collapse of the real estate market has abated and reports of foreclosures have lessened, home foreclosures are still a daily occurrence across the country and will remain so. Whether because of unexpected illness, unemployment or the rising cost of living, the threat of home foreclosure remains a concern for vast portions of the population.

This CLE course will provide an approach to defending residential mortgage foreclosure actions in Illinois with a view toward resolving the matter in the client's favor as expeditiously, and with as little pain as possible.

Designed for seasoned and new attorneys alike, the course will review:

  • Strategic handling of the foreclosure defense
  • Quashing service
  • Objecting to standing
  • Alternatives such as short sales, loan modifications and deeds in lieu of foreclosure

Lecturer Bios

Judd Lofchie, LLM

Judd Lofchie is an attorney with Judd Lofchie, LLM, P.C. in Aurora, IL. Mr. Lofchie practices in the areas of Residential & Commercial Real Estate, Foreclosure Defense, Bankruptcy, Litigation, Estate Planning, Business & Non-Profit Law and Family Law. He also brings to his clients a wealth of diverse professional experiences, such as a background in real estate, a graduate degree in international law (LLM) , and employment with a Wall Street law firm. Mr. Lofchie received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, his LLM degree from American University School of Law and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Judd is licensed in Illinois and the District of Columbia.

Erica Crohn Minchella, Esq.

Erica Minchella has been practicing law for over 30 years, concentrating in foreclosure defense and bankruptcy. She formed Minchella & Associates in 1999. She is the founder and President of the Association of Foreclosure Defense and serves as the Director of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council and President of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. She has taught courses in bankruptcy and real estate law for the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Real Estate Institute as well as other organizations. A leader in North Shore real estate, Erica is also an invested member of the community. Her memberships include Founder and President of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys, Director of the North Suburban Bar Association, a Member of North Shore Law, President of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of Rotary Club of Chicago Far North. Erica is also a resource for those interested in learning the most effective ways to manage debt and become more knowledgeable in real estate matters. Her “Debt Management Solutions” blog and social media feeds have become valuable resources for individuals searching for knowledgeable, accessible advice from an expert in the field.

Stephen T. Saporta, Esq.

Established in 1992, Saporta Law Offices has represented clients in a wide variety of practice areas in both state and federal court. Its principal founder, Stephen T. Saporta, was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois in 1987 and has been a member in good standing ever since. A member of the federal trial bar, Mr. Saporta earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University (1983), his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University where he distinguished himself as an articles editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review (1986), as well as a Master of Laws Degree in intellectual property from John Marshall Law School (2001), and became a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, in September of 2000. Since 2009, Saporta Law Offices has concentrated its efforts defending homeowners facing residential mortgage foreclosure. Mr. Saporta has been on the board of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys as the Will County Member at Large since 2010. Mr. Saporta has successfully defended scores of homeowners in the Circuit Courts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties. In addition, Mr. Saporta has petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court for leave to appeal the case of Jessie Barnes adv. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (PLA denied), as well as James Garner adv. Rosestone Investments (PLA denied).

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